Firefighting

INSTRUCTOR SWAPPING: SHARING KNOWLEDGE AT NO COST

Issue 3 and Volume 155.

BY CRAIG A. HAIGH Like most good ideas created in the fire service, the idea of sharing instructors between departments came up over coffee at the fire station kitchen table. Rick Fritz, training captain for the High Point (NC) Fire Department, and I shared our thoughts concerning the training needs of our respective departments and how to fulfil them. Although we were from dramatically different-sized departments, we knew that there are very few basic differences between fire departments-training funds are tight no matter where you go. Hence the problem: How do we provide high-quality training using experts in their respective fields without breaking the budget? We developed the idea that we would come to the other’s department while on duty, each one teaching in his respective area of expertise. Sharing instructors would eliminate the cost of providing expert training, thereby allowing the departments to use these precious funds for student…

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