Leadership

Better Training A Must

Issue 3 and Volume 118.

Better Training A Must Fire fighter training has come a long way in the 20 years since World War II. Most fire departments have continuously improved and upgraded their own training programs, and taken advantage of the numerous state or county programs of instruction. Nevertheless, despite the effort expended there is evidence that fire fighter training still has a long way to go. The problem appears to be that the minimum standards of training are set too low. Practically all fire fighter training is geared to the manual chores required to do the lowest-level work. This is then transformed to simplified evolutions as much as possible in order to ease the instructor’s load and speed the assimilation of knowledge by the student. Inevitably this procedure leads directly into a training trap. In our efforts to simplify, much of the more complex related information necessary to a complete understanding of a…

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