First Year Firefighter Transition Ceremonies
The Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) recently marked an important moment in the career of 7 of its newer members. Ceremonies were held for firefighters hired in January 2014 to mark a successful first year with the department and their transition from “Rookie” Firefighters to “Regular” Firefighters. These 7 firefighters successfully made it through LFD's rigorous hiring process, new hire orientation, and a yearlong probation period that includes multiple skills, physical abilities, and knowledge assessments. Firefighters Rinshed, Lobascio, Stephens, Forrester, Rice, Jackson, and Hubeck celebrated their transition from probationary to regular firefighters in the company of family, friends, and colleagues.
The ceremonies held January 26-28, 2015, marked the completion of the Personal Qualification Standards that the department uses to vet only the finest candidates. This probationary period is designed to ensure that new additions live up to the department's standards and are cut out for a difficult line of work in the fire service. LFD is experiencing rejuvenation in its workforce with these 7 young firefighters coming on board last year. These firefighters fill vacancies left by retirements and help meet staffing needs created by the department's new Fire Station 7, which became operational in early January 2015.