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Title: Training and Education


1
Chapter 7
  • Training and Education

2
Overview
  • Administrators are responsible for efficient and
    effective emergency operations.
  • There are no shortcuts to having members who are
    well trained.
  • Members should be trained, beginning with an
    intense recruit school, and should receive
    updated training regularly.

3
In-service Training
  • Must be high priority.
  • Use NFPA 1500 as a template.
  • Training should involve teams when doing
    fireground operations.
  • The best retention comes when applying the
    knowledge to an actual incident or training
    exercise.

4
Higher Education
  • Most programs are offered at community colleges,
    with a few universities offering bachelors
    degrees.
  • Most Bachelor degree programs are Internet based.
  • This method requires great self-discipline.
  • When researching programs, make sure they fit
    your needs.
  • Is the college fully accredited?
  • Will the offered courses transfer to other
    schools?
  • What is the official degree title?

5
Professional Development
  • Many excellent seminars and conferences with
    outside experts exist.
  • Members attending outside programs should be
    required to present the knowledge to their
    department.
  • Be selectivemany presentations are not founded
    on knowledge that would stand up to peer review.
  • Training and professional development is a
    never-ending process.

6
Recertification
  • Currently there are no recertification or
    continuing education requirements.
  • Each department should create a standard training
    program and schedule.

7
Standard Operating Procedures
  • SOPs are needed due to the nature of emergency
    services.
  • Split-second decisions must be made by first
    arriving companies.
  • They provide a margin of safety.
  • They can have a huge effect on the final outcome.
  • For consistency and reliability, they should be
    followed with few exceptions.
  • Must be reviewed and practiced frequently.

8
Developing SOPs
  • Developing SOPs can be a very contentious
    process.
  • Best done on a regional basis.
  • Dont reinvent the wheel!
  • Always include the option for the company officer
    to deviate at his or her professional judgment.
  • Include a critique process for each deviation.

9
Regional Approaches to Training
  • Greatest need is for multi-company drills and
    entry-level Fire Fighter I and II.
  • Many smaller departments struggle with finding
    the opportunity to train on even a typical house
    fire that needs multiple companies.
  • For more specialized training, regional
    cooperative approaches are very effective and
    affordable.

10
Hazardous Materials Teams
  • Hazardous materials emergencies have required a
    rethinking of many of the traditional approaches.
  • In the past two decades there has been a huge
    increase in the number of hazardous materials
    teams in the public sector.
  • Many communities have found that these
    specialized teams are used rarely, if at all.
  • With so few calls, there is little chance to test
    the teams training and increase their experience.

11
Initial Fire Attack Training Goals
  • NFPA 1410, Standard on Training for Initial
    Emergency Scene Operations, outlines typical
    fireground evolutions and recommended completion
    times.
  • If times are inadequate, evaluate the following
  • Frequency of training sessions
  • SOPs
  • Staffing

12
Company Officer Education and Training
  • Either a lieutenant, captain, or a chief in a
    one- or two-station department
  • Based on the NFPA professional qualifications
    standards for Fire Officer I and II

13
Chief Officer Education
  • Chief officer should look at formal education as
    a tool to be effective at his or her job.
  • Many other agency heads will have at least a
    bachelors degree.
  • Bachelors degree should be in relevant major
    such as fire science, management, or
    administration or public administration or policy.

14
Quality Service
  • Training and education are crucial for quality
    service.
  • Higher education is the key to the door of
    opportunity both personally and professionally.
  • Education puts the fire officer on equal ground
    with contemporaries and elected or appointed
    officials.
  • Education will give the fire officer the tools
    needed to be a change agent.
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