Training Officer’s Toolbox: Tactical Decision Games

By Brian Ward

Tactical decisions games are extremely useful for mentally running through firefighting situations and testing your firefighters‘ knowledge. They also provide great talking points for training at the kitchen table. Sit your crew down at the same time and have everyone complete the questions within the specified time frame (time = stress). Be sure to critique the scenario and see if everyone is operating by the same playbook.

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BRIAN WARD is chief of emergency operations for Georgia Pacific–Madison, Georgia. He serves on the ISFSI board of directors and is a lead live fire credentialing instructor. He was the past Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Training Officers Association and is currently the Everyone Goes Home State of Georgia Advocate. He has a bachelor’s degree in safety and technology engineering, is a member of Georgia Smoke Diver #741, and is the founder of



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