Well, Charlie Ruggles, AKA the “Sweat Bee” just completed his year of probation. We all know that this first year can be exciting, stressful, fun, and a rewarding start to a career with an organization. As trainers, mentors, officers, and brother firefighters it is our job to show the rookie firefighters the way. Some get it while others don’t. Our Sweat Bee does.
I wrote a post a few months back about his progress and here’s the opening of that post: I’ve had the privilege, opportunity, and burden to have the newest rookie hired on shift for the last 6 months. Ok, burden…may be a bit sarcastic, but you know how those energetic, skillful, and educated young guys are.
First, Charlie our rookie will be referred to as the Sweat Bee because a few months back, he called the rest of the crew, hornets. We asked what he meant and he said , “you guys are being dicks for no reason, like a hornet.” The whole interaction was all in good firehouse fun and we quickly decided to nickname him the Sweat Bee since he doesn’t really have a firehouse stinger yet.
Read the rest of the post HERE.
The other day we did the annual fire inspection at the local sewer plant (it was 95 degrees…maybe not the best day to visit). Not only was this Charlie’s first time in the build but we found a few possible entrapment areas to talk about.
Below is a dive training since the last post. 40′ under with the FIRE CAM.
FF Ruggles had some experience before he started with us full-time, but he also realizes he has much to learn. Many in the fire service routinely say we should be “life-long learners”, “train everyday” and to “read something about this job everyday”. I believe he will continue learning even as he ties the knot with Miss Sweat Bee next year and has baby Sweat Bees in the years to come.
Charlie bought the shift ice cream to wrap up his year, so he did learn something…
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