Oklahoma City Battalion Chief Mike Walker wants to know your thoughts on Firefighter I and II.
According to the Essentials Manual 5th Edition, they define Fire Fighter 1 as, " a person who is minimally trained to function safely and effectively as a member of a firefighting team under direct supervision." They go on to explain, " A person meeting the requirements of Level 1 is by no means considered a "complete" firefighter. This is not accomplished until the objectives of both Levels 1 and 2 have been satisfied."
"Firefighter II may operate under general supervision and may be expected to lead a group of equally or lesser trained personnel through the performance of a specified task."
So that would mean a Firefighter 2 acts as an officer, or is it just me?
With that thought in mind, I would love to hear as to when firefighters in your area are allowed to test for Firefighter 2? In my neck of the woods, many do during a recruit academy or within a year of their initial training.
The Front Seat interviewed Chief Walker back in June of 2011.
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Ric Jorge and Mike Walker on “The Front Seat” – December 7, 2011
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Hayward and Contra Costa County – June 15, 2012
- Complacency – January 16, 2012
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