Fire Chief wrote:
I agree....CAMS in its wisdom has decided all officils need only do 1 event before applying for their General Licence.Then you must do your task module ( Flags,Fire Rescue ect) to get your licenced endorsed
I can understand their desire to get more people into officiating - and perhaps some "focus group" study or something had suggested three turns as a trainee was some kind of barrier.
For NaFenn and myself, on only our second time out as flaggies, we got put in charge of a flag point because they were reeeeeeeeeeally short staffed that day. I ran FP7 at the exit from the basin for all of qualifying by myself, and the Safety Car dropped out someone who had been press-ganged into filling the second spot before race one.
In all honesty, I felt like I'd been dropped in the deep end a little bit - but also relatively confident that I could handle it. Radio procedures weren't an issue, and I had a pretty good training session on my previous time out.
The 3 event system was the best and should be re Introduced
I certainly think as a relative newbie myself that one turn as a trainee does seem a little short. But I don't know enough about how things work yet to be able to give constructive feedback to anyone.
The Fire Crew has a six month probation period to allow us to see our new officials responce to emergencies/situations.Then we decide if you suited,if not you will be asked to try something else.We have had 1 guy who we sent off to be a grid marshal at drift
Yep I suspect that all the groups of officials would have something similar in place - if they really don't think you're suited, they need to have some way of either sending you for more training or mentoring, or diplomatically suggesting that you think of something different to do