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Drill: Was Humpty Dumpty Really an Egg?

Thu, Mar 12, 2015

Traditions Training's Samuel Hittle talks of how adaptions can become a dissimilar truth and encourages you to watch published content, read the studies, and interpret the data for yourself.

Drills: Are You Smarter Than a Rookie?

Fri, Feb 20, 2015

This next series of training drills from Forest Reeder pits veteran firefighters against new recruits, forcing them to test their knowledge about common firefighting concerns in their departments.

Yes, Your Engine Carries Ground Ladders!

Sat, Feb 14, 2015

Pittsburgh (PA) Bureau of Fire Lieutenant Dan Doyle offers fellow firefighters this Traditions Training drill to remind them the importance on the use and positioning of their ground ladders.

Standpipe Operations: Clearing a Clogged Fog Nozzle

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Deptartment Firefighter Donald L. Wedding offers this Traditions Training drill which illustrates ways firefighters can fix a fog nozzle if it becomes clogged or comprised.

Drills: The Survival Essentials

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Our next series of firefighter training drills from Forest Reeder focuses on developing firefighter survival skills.

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 18—Delivering the Drill

Mon, Jan 19, 2015

Remember, the training ground is the time to identify your department’s strengths and weaknesses. Repetition is one of the best ways to train to a competent level, writes Thomas A. Merrill.

Drill: The Louver Cut

Fri, Jan 16, 2015

This drill from Kyle Stephens looks at the "louver cut" and some advantages to this type of cut.

Drill: Vertical Fire Travel

Fri, Jan 2, 2015

Vertical fire spread can quickly make a "one-room job" escalate to a multiple alarm fire. Doug Mitchell discusses aspects of locating potential avenues for vertical fire spread.

Drills: Aerial Operations

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Continuing our series of targeted firefighter training drill series, this week's group focuses on aerial operations and master streams.

Drills: Truck Company Work

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Check out an assortment of drills from Forest Reeder reviewing some basic truck company skills that you can use to train your firefighters.

Drills: Engine Company Work

Wed, Dec 3, 2014

Check out a collected of engine company training drills from the Fire Engineering archive.

Improving by Evaluating

Wed, Nov 26, 2014

When one takes an open and honest look at his performance and measures it against established standards, it opens the door to improvement, personally and for the organization as a whole, writes Thomas N. Warren.

Drill: New Architecture = New Tactics

Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Scott Kraut offers this new Traditions Training dill focusing on one tactical challenge found in a hybrid of the Texas Doughnut and the Podium construction architecture.

The Professional Volunteer Fire Department, Part 17: Planning That Drill

Wed, Nov 19, 2014

It imperative that the drills be well thought-out, planned, and coordinated to deliver the maximum impact and to keep our members motivated to continue attending training sessions, writes Thomas A. Merrill.

TT Drill: "Give Us 15 Feet More"

Fri, Nov 7, 2014

Samuel Hittle offers this Traditions Training drill which focuses on how to gauge the amount of line to feed the nozzle team from the door or friction point when pushing, pulling, or making wheels.

Commercial Search Training Drill: Finding Lost Firefighters

Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Alex Langbell reviews a large-scale drill conducted by the Yakima (WA) Fire Department Training Division simulating the attempt to rescue disoriented firefighters in a commercial occupancy.

Firefighter Training Drill: The "Outboard" Forcible Entry Saw

Fri, Oct 24, 2014

D.C. Fire Captain Danny Troxell shares a drill that describes converting a rotary saw blade to the outboard side of the saw, making them more useful for forcible entry situations.

Five Steps to a Successful Annual Training Plan

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

My boss, a former U.S. Army infantry battalion commander, would constantly give me his thoughts about using a "matrix."

Tagline Searchline Essentials

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Scott Kraut offers this new Traditions Training drill focusing on the importance of maintaining your tagline or searchline during search operations.

USFA Coffee Break Training: A Screening Method for Juveniles Involved in Firesetting

Sun, Oct 12, 2014

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has a new training drill out in their Coffee Breaking Training series, this one on a screening method for juveniles who are involved in setting fires.

Key in Knob Through-the-Lock

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department's Kyle Stephens offers this new Traditions Training drill that can be used to gain entry when time is not an issue.

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