Firefighting in general is difficult, but a firefighter’s probationary period is typically the most difficult part of his or her career. There is a seemingly endless amount of knowledge you will need to acquire, which will help determine your success on the fireground and around the firehouse. Your ability to learn, retain, and perform will make or break your reputation – which will likely stay with you for the duration of your career. Do we have your attention yet? Good, because we know what you are about to experience and we want to help. This page will offer tips to help you start your career the right way. After all, you never get a second chance to make a great first impression.