The Probie Corner

A place for those of us who are still new to the fire service,Welcome to the Probie Place...where we can ask all the stupid questions we want.

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Why Did You Join?

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Safer Emergency Candles

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Fire suppression questions?

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Specific training for probies

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Introduce Yourself!

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Thoughts on Probie-ness; Welcome to the Dumb-A$$ Club

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Comment by Rick Griffin on May 5, 2015 at 7:34am

Hello Probies - I have been in the fire service for more years than most of you have been alive. I joined the Probie Corner to provide any assistance I can to help you succeed and progress in this wonderful profession you all have decided to join! I have been a probie a few times; when I first started as a volunteer, my first full time job, my second full time job and in the position I am currently in! You will be a Probie many time through out your career, treat them all the same, no matter how much experience you have.

Comment by Kaitlin Reick on September 20, 2012 at 10:47pm

Cadet/Probie for a Volunteer Fire Dept. If you can consider me a Probie?

Comment by Rhys Emery on January 29, 2011 at 2:30am
Hey all im a probie from eastern oregon recently relocated in boise idaho want to make this a career. iv been in the fire service since 2007 any hints on how to get started. im in school right now for a degree in fire protection technology/paramedic. any advice would be well used. thanks Sincerly Rhys Emery
Comment by Michael Brittain on December 27, 2010 at 9:49am
Bob, Merry Christmas and Happy Up-Coming New Year!

I Agree with Charley. I am a little over a year in as a Fire Fighter and a little over two years as an EMT. Though I am only a Volunteer I do try to give as much of my personal time as I can to the Department. But in all of that I can say that I Completely agree with Charley. The Training never stops (which I'm sure you would agree with).

The Biggest thing you could possibly ever hope to achieve is Humility. Maintaining a sense of Humility allows to to always learn and grow. This is why I stay on The Probie Corner; to keep my sense of Humility, thus maintaining a ever open mind of learning.

I'm sure everyone here would agree that they would like to see you stay. But if you don't, please always remember that an open mind, listening ear, an open eye and emulation of what you've heard, seen and experienced will not just make you a great firefighter, but a great human being. God Bless and Good Luck Brother.

Comment by Robert Hancock on December 27, 2010 at 8:38am
I think it makes me an apprentice.
Comment by Charley Cashen on December 25, 2010 at 1:56pm
Bob, first, Merry Christmas. Second you will always be a probie to everyone that has time on you. I have 25 years on but still try to learn something new everyday and that's why I belong to this group.
Comment by Robert Hancock on December 25, 2010 at 11:59am
I am no longer a "Probe", I am leaving the group, Be safe and watch out for one another!

Comment by Robert Hancock on December 18, 2010 at 12:05pm
Took the final December 16, waiting for my score. Should get it in less than 3 weeks! Hope I got at least an 80.
Comment by Bert James Ference on July 18, 2010 at 2:27am
Hi my name's Bert and I have been at a small department in the city of Kodiak AK. I had no volunteer time and did not attend an academy but am working at my FF1 cert and went through my in house recruit training with flying colors. Any advice would help. Thanks
Comment by Matt Nesius on March 16, 2010 at 1:08pm
Hello again, I wanted to remind everyone to check out Its a site where FFs can buy, sell and trade with other FFs, for free. Thanks, stay safe.

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