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The Many Helmets of the Fire Service Instructor

By Michael D. FinneyFire instructors play a critical role in the development of firefighters. When recruits begin training, their first exposure to the fire service is through the instructor, who often determines the firefighter’s attitude toward training and future classes. Looking back through our fire service career or life in general, it is easy to pinpoint teachers and instructors who made a great impact on us. What were some of the characteristics of these instructors? What was it about them that made them stand out? Instructors also are greatly influenced by those who teach them. Having an understanding of the characteristics of a good instructor will not only improve your te...

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