Volunteer Fire Service

VOLUNTEER TRAINING: ANOTHER APPROACH

Issue 9 and Volume 153.

BY EDDIE BUCHANAN and SETH DALE With the volunteer firefighter finding it harder to meet increasing demands on his time, the training officer’s ability to train new recruits is becoming more vital to the survival of the volunteer service. Training officers often find it difficult to blend the necessary lecture with much needed hands-on applications within the constraints of the volunteer’s schedule. The volunteer fire academy applies what are commonly thought of as “career-oriented” training philosophies to the volunteer setting. The emphasis is on creating “professional firefighters”: There is no separation between firefighters who are paid and those who are not; the focus is on creating professionals capable of serving their community safely. Discipline plays a major role at the volunteer fire academy. Here, students line up for morning inspection. Click here to enlarge image This training approach allows smaller departments to combine resources and create a more efficient training…

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