Volunteer Fire Service

Rapid Reps at the Recruit Academy

Issue 4 and Volume 162.

By JERROD VANLANDINGHAM How much repetition do your new fire recruits get from the recruit academy in moving hose into a structure, reading fire conditions, applying water to the fire, and performing searches under live fire conditions? It is a challenge to put all these functions together under live fire conditions and give recruits enough repetition to develop their muscle memory. Most academies build up to a “burn week” where recruits put all of their newfound skills to work collectively over a five-day live burn period. This may seem like a lot to some, but the number of recruits in the class will dictate how many reps each individual will get to actually put water on the fire. If you are a training officer, you know how much time, effort, and resources it takes to put on a proper live fire day. On average, a 20-person recruit academy can accomplish…

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