Firefighter Training

QUALITIES THAT MAKE A FIRE INSTRUCTOR MEMORABLE

Issue 4 and Volume 159.

BY DAVE WALSH Training is unquestionably one of the top pri- orities of every fire department, career and volunteer. To be most effective, training must occur on a regular basis and it must be presented in a standardized format. Since the fire service is expected to handle a very wide range of dangerous situations in a safe and expedient manner, training has never been as important as it is today. Compounded by the fact that the experience levels of many fire service personnel are somewhat diminished as the frequency of serious incidents continues to decrease, a heavy responsibility is placed on any officer who conducts training. You must conduct effective training on all of the types of incidents to which you may respond, and you must do this in a thorough and effective manner. To compound this issue, this training must be done with personnel who have lower levels of…

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