Training for the "All Hazards" Fire Service - Have we Overgrown Our Mission?

Track: Instructor Development Conference

Session Number: Keynote1
Date: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: Conference Sessions

Description:

With apologies to Greg Fisher and Alan Brunancini from whom I stole the seeds of this statement:

The reason a community’s fire service is the greatest of all public agencies is this; “Someone has a problem, they call us, we show up within minutes with highly trained personnel and sophisticated equipment, we solve the problem, we tidy up the mess, we go home and leave them alone until they have another problem. Our proudest collective achievement is that we do this in each of our communities, despite inadequate staffing, funding, equipment or training resources. Our biggest (self-imposed) problem is that we do this in each of our communities, despite inadequate staffing, funding, equipment or training resources.”

Have you already taken on more missions than you can properly train for? Are you about to take on more? What is the cost to ourselves and our most fundamental mission if we keep trying to do more with less? Are we sacrificing our health, wellness and very lives through inadequate training in an attempt to stay “certified” and to satisfy other’s training mandates?

I have been asking each of my mentors and every training instructor I know these very questions and I hope you will to, so that collectively we can come up with solutions to what I believe to be one of our most pressing problems; The day is coming, if not already here, when we simply cannot meet our promises to our communities. What then? If there is a solution to this challenge, we had better “saddle up” and get to work on it.
Session Type: Keynote Address
Session Type: Keynote Address