Here are some examples of problem-solving scenarios.
- The ladder, coupling, appliance, equipment, or tool that you would normally use is missing.
- The engine company driver is alone and lays reverse and runs out of supply line or large-diameter hose (LDH) 80 feet short of the hydrant.
- The engine company responds to a fire on the sixth floor of an eight-story building. The standpipe siamese or fire department connection is damaged, and you cannot connect to it.
- Hoisting or carrying different pieces of equipment up to the first level of a roof and then moving it to another, higher roof.
Many of you remember and continue to use the classic Four-Step Method of Instruction.
You will recognize the first training scenario as a form of preparation. The second training scenario is your presentation to the student. The third training scenario is the student’s application and your evaluation. In this article, we continue to use the Four-Step Method of Instruction, but we add variety and a degree of challenge to firefighters who are competent and comfortable with standard procedures and operations. The best part is “stepping up” and training ourselves and our colleagues to think “outside of the box” when problems arise.