Whether you are taking Firefighter I to become a career firefighter or volunteer firefighter, the training is totally the same. If you enroll in classes at the academy nights and weekends it's about three and half months of some intense training including classroom lecture and hands on live fire training.
Bring your gear, all of your PPE and SCBA when its needed for that class. Whether you pack it in gear bags, wear it or carry it, make sure you have it or your class is wasted and there's a good chance the instructors will send you home for the day with a class to make up. Firefighters Need To Be Prepared - So Do It Right.
Or learning how to hook up a hydrant
Remember to give it your all. Learn it, practice it over and over. Go back to your station and talk to your firefighters there, I'm betting they will be happy to do it with you. They remember because they were at the Fire Academy once too. You may not have to use all the skills you learn, and you may not use all of them often, but when you need to use them seconds count. Lives are on the line.
Make your education and Firefighter I mean something not only when you are a rookie but later on when you are the seasoned veteran working in the field and teaching the new recruits.
Be proud of your graduation from the Fire Academy. Trust me, you will work hard to learn how to be a good firefighter. And just when you think you learned it all because you graduated and passed your Firefighter I test, well, the learning just begins. Great firefighters never stop learning. They practice, train and keep their skills as sharp as their axes.