Drills

TRAINING BY APPOINTMENT

Issue 10 and Volume 150.

TRAINING BY APPOINTMENT BY DAVID A. WILLSON I don`t have enough time in a day to train all of our personnel; therefore, I cannot afford to waste time giving a class or drill to a crew that is not interested in the topic. Consequently, the Yakima (WA) Fire Department developed the “Training by Appointment” program. About two weeks before the first of each month, I send each station a list of schools and drills that I will conduct, based on request. I keep each drill or class outline in its own folder, along with handouts and teaching aids. The stations keep course materials in a three-ring binder. Classes offered are pertinent to season-related skills, such as “Pump Testing Basics” and “Winter Driving Techniques.” I have found that many officers lack the confidence to just stand up and give a class. It also seems that drills and classes get put off…

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