“SAVING OUR OWN” TRAINING AND REINFORCEMENT

08/01/2006
Back in the “Ohio State Fire Instructor” course I took in 1984, I was taught, “Statistically, 75 percent of what you learn is lost (forgotten) if you don’t reinforce it within two weeks.” It makes sense to me! Take any manipulative task, perhaps not even fire related. You are taught to tie a “bowline on a bight.” You can tie the knot after the session is over. Then you put down the rope and do not practice the knot again for weeks, months, or years. How do you think you’ll do tying a bowline after, say, two months? Probably, most of us wouldn’t do too well. Now, let’s take the “bowline on a bight” thing and learn it, ...

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