Firefighters Earn Tradition Helmets After Release from Probation

By Erik Wood, Captain
Shawnee County Fire District #2 (Auburn) – April 13, 2015

Assistant Chief Andy Scharf (right) gives FF Michael Butler (left) his new traditional helmet after being released from probation on 4-8-2015. Click on each photo to view full-size image.

Assistant Chief Andy Scharf (right) gives FF Michael Butler (left) his new traditional helmet after being released from probation on 4-8-2015. Click on each photo to view full-size image.

FF Patrick Sonnier proudly shows off his new traditional helmet after being released from probation on 4-8-2015.

FF Patrick Sonnier proudly shows off his new traditional helmet after being released from probation on 4-8-2015.

FF’s Angela Brucken (right) and Eric Vincent (left) show off their new traditional helmets after released from probation on 11-15-2014.

FF’s Angela Brucken (right) and Eric Vincent (left) show off their new traditional helmets after released from probation on 11-15-2014.

On April 8th, Shawnee County Fire District #2 proudly promoted FF’s Michael Butler and Patrick Sonnier from probationary status to active firefighter. In order to get released, both Butler and Sonnier were required to attend the mandatory department “Rookie Class” which consisted of 40 hours of initial training and were required to pass a 75 question written examination and a practical skills examination based in part on the 6th edition of Firefighting Essentials.
Since joining the department in September of 2014, Butler and Sonnier have accumulated a combined total of 123 training hours, and maintained a call response percentage of over 50% of totals for 2015.
Also in the 2014 “Rookie Class” were FF’s Angie Brucken and Eric Vincent who were released from probation on November 15th, 2014. For the same time period, Brucken and Vincent have a combined total of over 142 training hours, both are currently attending Emergency Medical Technician training, and FF Vincent recently returned from the 2 week HCC Fire Academy where he successfully passed all practical portions of Firefighter 1 & 2, Hazmat Awareness and Hazmat Operations. He hopes soon to find out about his written test results.
Training is an important part of the continued success at Shawnee County Fire District #2. If it was not for the dedication of its members and their families, it could not provide the high level of service that it does! All of the officers and firefighters at Shawnee County Fire District #2 would like to say thank you to our families for their understanding and support during this very busy time of year, and to the community that we serve for their continued support!



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