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Training for Change: Saving Lives on the Front End

BY CHARLES "CHUCK" FRENCH December 31, 2011, is a day that demonstrated the valued effects training has had on the members of the Tulsa (OK) Fire Department. A true cultural change within the mindset of our members became evident by the events that transpired that day. As some of you reading this may remember, this is the day on which our department came as close as an organization can to losing a firefighter during a residential structure fire. However, the actions taken by the members operating on the scene that day made the difference between a line-of-duty death (LODD) and a positive outcome. Training was a key component that day, and it can make a difference. It can change ...

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