For the past seven years, FD12’s training division has welcomed new recruits to their rookie school. Throughout the comprehensive 14 week program, held at the department’s headquarters, recruits learn: firefighter 1 and 2, first aid, CPR, AED (automatic external defibrillator), driver operator pumper, hazardous materials awareness, hazardous materials operations, vehicle rescue and incident command.
This year’s recruits are: Michael Babin, Fire District No. 12, Scott Cookmeyer, Fire District No. 3, Michael Devun, Fire District No. 12, Travis Katen, Fire District No. 12, Fallan Louder, independent, Paul Sehlinger, Fire District No. 3, and Tanner Stuard, independent.
On the first day, recruits were given their class motto “Train Like Your Life Depends On It” to help motivate them throughout the program. Recruits have taken that motto and inserted it into a chant that they say at the beginning and end of each day.
During the first week of rookie school, recruits have also participated in several team building exercises, which allows them to begin building relationships and solving problems as a group.