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The $500 Training Makeover

By JOSH CREAMER and DANNY MUELLER An increase in training requirements has placed a large burden on volunteer departments. Worse yet, these training requirements have encroached on training that was historically spent on practical, hands-on skills. This loss of fun hands-on training leaves many volunteers disengaged. As a volunteer department of 300 members in 14 stations (500 square miles), the Boone County (MO) Fire Protection District understands this dilemma. Our department surrounds a moderate-size college town and attracts students from each of the schools in the area. Like all volunteer organizations, we have members from all walks of life with varying personal and professional exp...

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