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Do successful recruits serve a probationary period?


CountryNo.remark
Austriano
BelgiumyesRemark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech RepublicYes. 12 months probationary period
DenmarkYes But only in Copenhagen
Estonia
Finlandno
Franceyes
GermanyyesRemark:
GreeceYes, two years
Hungary
InternationalYes, Probationary period is usually for 18 months, but not exceeding 2 years
Irelandyes
1 year
Italyno
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgyes
NetherlandsYes. max. a year. Normally 6 months probationary period for professionals and 24 months for part-timers (paid volunteers)
Norwayyes
The general probationary period is 6 months
Polandyes
Probationary period is usually for max. 36 months.
PortugalyesRemark:
Slovakia
SloveniayesRemark:
SpainYesRemark:
SwedenYes, 3 to 6 months probationary period
United KingdomYes, Probationary period is usually for 18 months, but not exceeding 2 years


Is there a structured training programme for firefighters in the probationary period ?


CountryNo.remark
Austria-
BelgiumyesRemark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic Regional
DenmarkYes. But only in Copenhagen
Estonia
Finlandno
Franceno
Germanyno
Greece National
Hungary
International Others
IrelandLocal
ItalyNational
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgLocal
NetherlandsRegionalRemark:
NorwayThe ordinary recruit training start immediately.
Polandno
PortugalLocal
Slovakia
SloveniaLocal
Spain Local
Regional
SwedenLocal
United Kingdom Others


Who determines the training standards and levels of achievement for firefighters in the probationary period ?


CountryNo.remark
Austrianot applicable: there is no probationary period for successful applicants
Belgiumthe apprenticeship committee
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech RepublicGeneral HQ of FRB - Ministry of the Interior and hereafter each fire brigade
DenmarkN/A.: only applicable for Copenhagen
Estonia
FinlandThere is no probationary period in use, only in some cases a firefighter works as a substitute.
FranceNational level
Germanylocal fire service
Greece National
Hungary
InternationalBrigades probationary firefighters module lay down specific areas for study and standards to be attained by the individual at the staged assessments, which embrace both technical & practical standards. These are a combination of local and national standa
IrelandLocal Fire Service, Chief Fire Officer
ItalyTraining standards are defined by a Ministerial Commission at national level. The level achieved by recruits is determined through tests and examinations they have to take during the course
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgFire Service, Ministry of Interior
NetherlandsLocal and regional training authorities (in an advisory role to local authority)
NorwayFire Chief is responsible.
PolandThe National Headquarters of State Fire Service
Portugalnational fire service
Slovakia
SloveniaLocal fire brigade
SpainThe fire Service
SwedenIssued by the training department of the fire service.
United KingdomBrigades probationary firefighters module lay down specific areas for study and standards to be attained by the individual at the staged assessments, which embrace both technical & practical standards. These are a combination of local and national standa


Can probationary period be extended for some candidates?


CountryNo.remark
Austrianot applicable: there is no probationary period for successful applicants
BelgiumyesRemark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republicno
DenmarkYes. But only in Copenhagen
Estonia
Finlandno
Franceyes
Germanyyes
GreeceNo
Hungary
InternationalYes, At the discretion of the chief fire officer. Maximum probationary period is two years.
IrelandyesRemark:
Italyyes
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgyes
NetherlandsYes. At the discretion of Chief Fire Officer within the legal maximum
NorwayyesRemark:
Polandno
Portugalyes
Slovakia
Sloveniano
SpainNo
Swedenno
United KingdomYes, At the discretion of the chief fire officer. Maximum probationary period is two years.


During the probationary period is the full wage paid ?


CountryNo.remark
Austrianot applicable: there is no probationary period for successful applicants
BelgiumyesRemark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic80%
DenmarkN/A: the probationary period is only applicable for Copenhagen
Estonia
FinlandyesRemark:
Franceyes
Germanyyes
GreeceYes
Hungary
Internationalyes
Irelandyes
Italyyes
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgyes
Netherlandsyes
NorwayyesRemark:
Polandyes
Portugalno
Slovakia
SloveniayesRemark:
SpainNoRemark:
Swedenyes
United Kingdomyes


At the end of the probationary period, who determines whether a firefighter is suitable to continue in the service ?


CountryNo.remark
Austria-
Belgium Fire chief
Others
Remark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic Head of training section
DenmarkN/A: the probationary period is only applicable for Copenhagen
Estonia
Finland Fire chie
FranceSelection commission
GermanyFire chief
Head of training section
GreeceHis commander
Hungary
International Fire chief
IrelandFire chief
Italy Selection commissio
Latvia
Lithuania
LuxembourgSelection commission
Authority responsible for the adminstration of the employees
Others
NetherlandsA selection board advising the Chief Fire Officer or local authority (depending on delegation)
NorwayFire chief
PolandFire chief
PortugalFire chief
Slovakia
SloveniaFire chief
Selection commission
Spain Selection commission
SwedenSelection commission
United Kingdom Fire chief





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