Upon successful completion of the fire academy a recruit becomes a Probationary Firefighter. The probationary period is 24 months; the first six of which he or she is assigned to one officer in order to facilitate training and integration into the department. During probation the Probationary Firefighter must complete six month, twelve month and eighteen month examinations.
Probationary Firefighters are required to do a number of didactic and manipulative exercises that are called “Sign Offs”. The Sign Off requires the Probationary Firefighter to research, practice and then demonstrate their knowledge specified topics to a company officer. Once the company officer is satisfied the Probationary Firefighter has demonstrated a working knowledge of the subject he or she is signed off.