Discrepancies in firefighting training requirements

Issue 5 and Volume 152.

Discrepancies in firefighting training requirements Reference is made to Charles R. Jennings` Letter to the Editor in the January 1999 issue. I partially agree with him as he observes, “Together, they [regulations, such as those by OSHA, that require training and safety procedures for fire service personnel] are an ill-planned and uncoordinated group of programs thrust on a beleaguered local government agency already struggling to provide services.” This adds to a major problem area I have noticed: a reduction in training for our primary mission, extinguishing fire. Consider the following observations I have made about the American fire service: 1. Firefighters are required to recertify emergency medical training and education every few years, but they do not have to recertify their firefighting skills. 2. Many jurisdictions do not require any of their firefighters to be trained and certified to national professional training and education standards but require these same people…

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