Constructing and Implementing the Complete Training Program

By SCOTT KRAUT Regardless of where you hang your turnout gear, the fire service is constantly facing challenges, from budget cuts and new technology to a consistent decline in basic firefighting skills. Unfortunately, the time has come when all who fought fires in the 1970s ("The War Years")—when fire duty was at its peak—have left or are leaving our departments. As a direct result of decreased fire duty, a need for other specialized training, and inexperience, our reliance on training to increase our firefighting skill set is paramount. For many years, fire service training has been dictated or structured by a textbook that taught the basics of firefighting to those who entered...

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