Is Bloomfield Township Fire Department’s orientation process beneficial to
the new employee?
Our study group of employees to the orientation process gave an overwhelming positive
response. The task orientation subjects where very helpful in getting to know the many
aspects of Bloomfield Township. Although there were some employees who felt that
there was too much information and that they were overloaded, each came through the
process with a greater knowledge and understanding about the department and
township. This process took a person with general knowledge of the fire service and
directed them into a narrower field of how procedures are done in Bloomfield. Over all
content of the orientation process are topics and tasks that were used on a daily basis.
This knowledge gained was not obscure or trivial.
Do the three-month, six-month and one-year test provide the employee
with lasting experience and knowledge. Are the tests valid?
There was mixed reviews about the test material. Responses from “very good” to “had
no lasting impression” The tests were given in a casual and learning type atmosphere.
This is a good setting for the employee and helps them retain the material. When a
person is placed in a high-pressure test environment, many times they fail to realize
what the test is actually trying to accomplish, therefore some tend to do poorly on the
test. A test does force the new rookie employee to study and review the material. Even
when the material is basic and understood, the review process is beneficial to many.