In the fire service we tend to line up on either side of an issue then dig in, fight the good fight, and ensure our position prevails. In the last century nothing was more controversial than nozzles. All I needed to do was proclaim an absolute preference for a solid bore (or a fog) nozzle at the fir
If you ask any instructor, in any industry, ‘Do you want your students engaged?’ their answer will always be: “YES - of course!”. The question then becomes how? How do excellent instructors gain and maintain their student’s interest, attention, and involvement? Now you’ve discovered a hidden secret
Think back over your years of training and recall an "ah ha" moment that you experienced. Think of that moment when you experienced a true understanding of a topic. What was it that triggered that sudden understanding? Regardless of training content, training may only be effective long-term if the c
Maybe if the fire service spent as much time actually STUDYING and UNDERSTANDING the research – instead of posting misinformation on Social Media and debating it – we all would be in a better place.
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.