Drills and the Four-Step Method of Instruction

By Ron Hiraki Good firefighters and fire officers know you can’t train or prepare for every situation. You learn and train as much as you can, and you acquire experience to “put tools in your tool box.” Many times you will use standard techniques and procedures, but you will encounter problems and have to adapt “the tools in your tool box.” One way to learn how to adapt is to create and do problem-solving drills. The objective of the training is to learn to adapt when a problem arises in what should have been a standard procedure or operation. Adapting will mean (1) recognizing that there is a problem, (2) remaining calm, (3) recognizing when to repeat t...

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