Increase the Value of Training with a Full-Scale Exercise

Hazardous materials emergency responders William A. Henle and Steven L. Hermann go in-depth on how to improve training standards for greater, more transparent results with “full-scale exercises.”

Drills You Won’t Find in the Books

This presentation from Raul Angulo answers the above question with numerous creative and exciting drills and ideas for engine and ladder companies and individual firefighter skills. 

The Use of Shipping Containers in Live Fire Training

The use of shipping containers for live fire training at fixed sites or as mobile units has become very popular in North America over the past decade. Much of the training has value to participating personnel, but there are some concerns about direct or indirect dangers to the firefighters being trained and to the trainers.

Implementing and Maintaining an Effective Technical Rescue Team

Eric Grootendorst explains the benefits of maximizing the skills of your department’s technical rescue team.

Civilian Victim Removal

As for victim drags, we must know how to do this; “just make it happen” is not a plan. We should train to be able to drag a victim 10 to 20 feet (to the front door if in a path of egress or to a window if in a tenable bedroom.)

Rescuing a Bariatric Fire Victim

Daniel Hunt offers suggestions on how to preplan for the removal of a victim who may be too heavy for responders to carry in a medical or other type of emergency, a situation, he says, should be anticipated since statistics show that one in three adults is obese.

Firefighter Training Drill: How Many Sets of Window Bars Do You Count?

Samuel Hittle offers a drill that asks some simple questions for discussion to help firefighters size up window openings more realistically.

Are you Superman, Batman, or “Don’t Care”?

As firefighters, we would like to believe that we all wear a big “S” on our chest and the recliner in the fire station is the only kryptonite we will face. I think that...

Taking EMS Drills to the Next Level

Brian Pond offers instructors in need of new ways to engage distracted students in some important Fire/EMS drills.
Firefighter removing his SCBA face piece

Mayday Monday: Face Piece Maintenance and Management

What would prompt a firefighter to remove his or her face piece in the IDLH environment? This month's Mayday Monday drill from Tony Carroll explores training possibilities on such an event.