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Integrating Engine Company Skills In Training Is Key to Success at Fires

Issue 8 and Volume 132.

Integrating Engine Company Skills In Training Is Key to Success at Fires features Many fire departments center their training programs on particular skills or evolutions. For example, a typical drill program would consist of driver training, layout from a hydrant, advancing an attack line, and other specific evolutions. Skills such as appliance operation, pump operation, and hose maintenance are also taught separately. The major problem arises because these skills are not taught and practiced as an integrated system. Yet, that is the key to successful fireground operations of an engine company. Certainly it is true that practice of the individual pieces is necessary, but so is a course in putting all of these pieces together in a coherent program. The discussion which follows outlines one possible approach to a training program in engine company operations. It is not a panacea nor is it the only approach to solving the problem.…

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