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IN-FIRE-NET Program - Polish cadet in Fire Department in Prince William County, Virginia, USA

Autor: Patrick Karney, student III roku na WIBP

This September I was participating in the internship with the US-Poland INFIRENET project. This allowed me to travel to USA and spend a whole month in Rescue and Fire Department in Prince William County, Virginia. The goal of my stay was to get to know the structure and organization of local Fire Service. I noticed that  many procedures and techniques of work are often very similar to Polish ones. The thing which is different is the structure. In USA every county is responsible for organization of it’s fire department. It means that every county has different procedures, recruitment process, equipment etc. In Poland system is centralized and Fire Department is a national formation.

During my stay I was able to gain more and more experience through riding calls. For safety reasons I was only a look-out man but it was more than enough to witness interesting situations.

This internship gave me a different perspective when it comes to working as a firefighter. It was a great opportunity to meet new people who taught me a lot and beside everything, this trip was an adventure and a chance to spent great time in foreign country.

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