Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP)

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Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP)

Discussion group for those who use the San Jose/Kaminsky Model FTEP in EMS, and for those who are interested in the concept.

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Latest Activity: Oct 15, 2012

Introduction

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?

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Objectively Evaluating the Affective Domain 3 Replies

Last reply by Skip Kirkwood Apr 14, 2009.

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Comment by T. J. Bishop on March 3, 2010 at 11:14am
I have taken the Oregon FTEP program and it is well designed. Our agency, North Country EMS, uses a similar model. It is the only objective means to record progress and performance. Our biggest challenge is being a small rural agency, our call volume is less, so one is evaluated for a longer period of time. This sometimes disenchants some providers who are ready to go tackle the world. I would like EMS to be involved in NAFTO. Let me know if I can help.
Comment by David on March 3, 2010 at 10:44am
Does any one have FTO and/or Mentor "books" they are willing to share?
Comment by Jim Keiken on December 24, 2009 at 10:57am
Skip, Can I find out what is included in your FTEP program. We are interested in Madison in developing a formal training program for our paramedic preceptors and am interested in how you are do it. Brent has my contact info when you have time. Thanks
Comment by Skip Kirkwood on December 23, 2009 at 12:28pm
Justin,

An FTO program and a mentor program are two really different things.

If you want a quick but thorough introduction to the Field Training and Evaluation Program you might want to attend the FTO Boot Camp at the Big National Conference for Small and Medium-Sized Ambulance Services.

http://bnc.ncemsi.org/BootCamps/FTOBootCamp/tabid/647/Default.aspx

I'll be teaching a program there that has withstood the test of time in quite a few communities.
Comment by Justin Keel on December 23, 2009 at 12:08pm
I am the training coordinator for a rural (non-profit) EMS agency. We are currently a combination department. I am looking to start an FTO or mentor type program for our new members (volunteer and career) and for newly certified members (FR to EMT). Does anyone have a current program that they are willing to share with me as I and our medical manager develop a program to fit our needs? Thanks everyone!
Comment by mike on April 10, 2009 at 6:43pm
I am an Operation Supervisor and Training Officer for a hospital based 911 EMS and back country rescue service. Attached to our EMS service is a well established EMT training program. Currently our state certified training program follows the EMT-I/99 DOT curriculum. However because of our states extensive EMT-I scope of practice our Intermediates are trained to the paramedic level. This requires the EMT-I student’s field internship to be at the paramedic knowledge level though actual skills performance and clinical evaluation are at the EMT-I/99 level.

The problem I have as a training officer is I am limited in the clinical options for field training due to our rural location.. I am in need of a busy system that is willing to host 4 students (not necessarily all at the same time) for pre-hospital clinical rotations. The ideal scenario would be an ALS transport service but I think the interns would gain a lot from an ALS squad based QRV system. My objectives are simple: get them volume and acuity before they certify to work in a system that runs < 1,300 calls per year.

Each intern will carry (as employees of the hospital) their own liability insurance as well as a strong training support system.

If you think your service can help please leave contact info in this forum and I will get back to you immediately.

Thank you in advance

Mike Hudson NREMT-P
Comment by David Spafford on April 5, 2009 at 12:29pm
Skip,

Very interesting, the organization I work for uses an organized FTO program that is left up to interpretation by local management. Our specific operation is lacking in oversight and follow through. Most people that require additional field training time fall through the cracks and are approved for the raod long before they are ready. I would be interested in learning more about the FTEP program and joining an FTO association.
Comment by David E. Courter on March 22, 2009 at 4:31pm
Skip,
Thanks for the invite!

My organization does not use this type of training but recently we have been tosing the idea around, so your timing is great. I will be very interested in reading info from those that are following a FTEP style program. Dave C.
Comment by Skip Kirkwood on March 22, 2009 at 9:29am
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?
 

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