The Missing Training Topic: Acceptable Writing Skills

Track: Instructor Development Conference

Session Number: ES5
Date: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: Conference Sessions


The purpose of this session is twofold: (1) to provide tools and resources to people working in training divisions to help them meet professional expectations in their writing responsibilities and (2) to provide the tools and resources for training divisions to develop writing skills within the members of their departments.

NFPA 1041 describes many tasks that require strong, fundamental writing skills, yet most departments do not ask candidates for training division positions to demonstrate proficiency in these skillsets. Consequently, people in the training division sometimes find themselves uncomfortably unprepared for many of the writing tasks they face. Additionally, these are the people who are responsible for delivering appropriate training to the rest of the department.

The training for many positions, especially for officer-level positions, should repeatedly emphasize and reinforce the need for strong writing skills, yet writing-related training is often omitted. For example, NFPA 1021 contains 58 substandards calling for writing as a prerequisite or requisite skill or requisite knowledge. With the standards expressing such a strong focus on the need for writing skills, it is a disservice to members preparing to be officers someday to ignore the training needed to fulfill the actual demands of the position.

This highly interactive session will address fundamental steps that could be taken to increase participants’ professionalism and credibility in the writing arena. The session will also include tips on how trainers can strengthen the writing skills of all agency members, even if the trainers recognize that writing is not one of their personal strengths.
Session Type: Educational Session
Session Type: Educational Session