Roundtable: Saving Our Own

By John “Skip” Coleman

I remember something I learned in my State of Ohio Fire Service Instructors course that I took in the mid 1980s. In the course, a statistic was given that illustrated the need for establishing a process to review and practice learned skills.  The statistic was that “75 percent of what a student learned is forgotten within two weeks if it is not reinforced (practiced).”

Most of us have been through the “Saving Our Own” program. Several evolutions designed to rescue downed firefighters based on real firefighter rescues or rescue attempts.  

This month’s question: Do you periodically put your members through a refresher of the evolutions taught in “Saving Our Own”?

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Skip Coleman: Firefighting RoundtableJohn “Skip” Coleman retired as assistant chief from the Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue. He is a technical editor of Fire Engineering. a member of the FDIC Educational Advisory Board; and author of Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer (Fire Engineering, 1997), Managing Major Fires (Fire Engineering, 2000), Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer, Second Edition (Fire Engineering, 2008) and Searching Smarter (Fire Engineering 2011) and 2011 recipient of the FDIC Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.


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