It’s an interesting, fun and challenging time to be an instructor or training officer in the fire service. There are so many “system overloads” going on right now with new tactical, safety, operational and cultural informational resources that seem to appear everywhere.
Each year, 10 percent of our firefighter injuries and 10 percent of our firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) occur during training, and 115 have died in training since 2003. Ever since I was promoted to training officer, this is one statistic that has always bothered me.
The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) states its position on the importance of recent research in fire dynamics and firefighting tactics, as conducted by the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
These guidelines are written to provide a standardized vision of strategies that will be used on the fireground. Officers are allowed to deviate from the guidelines when conditions or situations warrant and should immediately notify the Battalion Chief or Incident Commander of their actions.
The planning and coordination of company level training is complex at best. With the ever expanding duties and responsibilities we take on finding time to plan, develop, and conduct training is challenging for even the most organized company officer. This duty is compounded even more when looking