The Probationary Firefighter School, or "Rookie School", as it is often called, was created in 2017 by volunteer members Lt. Alan Jarmon, A/Lt. Michael Mowbray, and Firefighter Jimmy Carter. The innaugural Rookie School Class had 8 students and was held in April of 2018.
The Rookie School is a seven session course which provides our probationary firefighters with the most basic information regarding the Ocean City Fire Department, including the operating procedures and policies. Students are given a Rookie Book welcoming them to the department. The book provides the students with expectations, words of encouragement, an outline of the program, as well as the Company's Bylaws and SOP/SOGs.
Probationary Firefighters with no prior fire training must attend all 7 sessions of the course. Those with previous fire training may test out of the majority of the sessions, but are still required to attend Sessions 1, 2, and 3. A quiz is given at the end of each session. There is also a written final examination at the end of the course. A passing grade of 80% or higher must be obtained. The Rookies are able to start riding apparatus as an Observer after Session 3 and are encouraged to start their MFRI Maryland Firefighter I training during their Rookie year.
If you have any questions regarding the Probationary Firefighter School, please contact any instructor through Ocean City Fire Headquarters, (410) 289-4346.
Probationary Firefighter School
Organization, Communications, & Standard Operating Guidelines
American Heart Association CPR/AED Certification
Safety, PPE, & SCBA
Small Tools, Forcible Entry, & Ventilation, Salvage and Overhaul
Hose & Appliances