The Wake County EMS System has just completed two one-week FTO schools and graduated 32 newly qualified Field Training Officers.
Some 15 years ago, a group of us in the Oregon EMS system attended a law enforcement Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) school. Upon completion, we worked on adapting that well-established model to the EMS world. Recently it seems to have grown some legs in the EMS community.
FTEP is an organized approach to training new employees in to an agency. It involves formally trained and designated FTOs, utilizing an agency standard toolset consisting of three pieces:
STANDARDIZED EVALUATION GUIDELINES, which set forth objective evaluation criteria for those areas the agency deems critical to effective employee performance - cognitive, psychomotor, and affective.
A PHASE GUIDE, which lays out the timing and milestones for mastery of knowledge, skills, and behavior over the course of the FTEP.
DAILY OBSERVATION REPORTS, which document the recruit's performance over each workday.
The whole program is based on FTEP as was developed in the 1970s by the San Jose, California, police department, and which is widely used by law enforcement, telecommunications, and corrections agencies throughout the United States.
How many EMS agencies are using a similar program? I was thinking that maybe we should develop an association for FTOs and FTO programs, but I've since learned that that the National Association of Field Training Officers (NAFTO) would like to have EMS participation.
Thoughts from the community?