Improving Your Training Program

BY KEVIN DIAMONDOne of the top goals of any fire department should be the development of a quality training program. Look at your department as a whole and decide what has been done in the past and what the department wants to invest in in the future.An organization must do three things to develop its program: assess the needs and weaknesses of the department; develop a cadre of department instructors who want to impart knowledge and skills to the other members; and implement the training in a realistic manner and think about the quality, not the quantity, of the training the department receives.NEEDS ASSESSMENTTo truly improve your department’s training program, take an honest look...

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