Firefighters often times don’t know the effort and thought that it really takes to make a great training session happen. As firefighters we are argumentative and our way is surely the right way the other guy is just and idiot right? Well your WRONG! In another article we will discuss the difference between Drilling and Training but for now lets stick to the training aspect. My question to you what is training and how do we make each session a home run every time. The answer for me is preparation it means having a plan A,B,and C because we all face the phone call first thing in the morning of; I did not get around to tell you last shift but you all are due at the training academy this morning for a few hours and your going to be doing live fire evolutions or something to that effect.Â Now I don’t know many firefighters that don’t want to see some flame and get a little smokey but you had it all planned out that you needed to address a issue of Laddering that you encountered from the last fire you ran a shift ago. You do not have to let your training go, but you should most likely in my opinion drop the hands on portion of the session for today.
So whats left? I’m glad you asked. Company level training tends to skip over pieces like the technical information on a subject that is needs to be reviewed: Ladder maintenance, Ladder parts, Ladder weights for your manufacture or even if you have a mix of Ladders within your department, and even proper lifting techniques meaning (ergonomics).Â You could even view a few videos that you know things were done right and things were done wrong to reinforce what you are trying to explain.