Developing a Training Program

Topic: Developing a Training Program Time Required: Two Hours Materials:    · Appropriate Audio Visual Support References:    · Fire Instructor's Training Guide, Second Edition, Joseph R. Bachtler, Fire Engineering...


  6. Cross-training or specialization

B. Imposed Requirements

  1. Department constitution and by-laws

  2. Employment or position requirements

  3. Legal requirements

      a. 29 CFR 1910.120q - OSHA hazmat regulation

      b. 29 CFR 1910.1200 - OSHA bloodborne pathogens regulation

      c. 29 CFR 1910.134 - OSHA respiratory regulation

  4. NFPA Standards

      a. NFPA 472 - Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents

      b. NFPA 1001 -Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications

      c. NFPA 1002 - Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications

      d. NFPA 1006 - Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications

      e. NFPA 1041 - Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications

      f. NFPA 1500 - Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program

      g. NFPA 1521 - Fire Department Safety Officer

  5. State or local requirements

III. Training Program (1-3)

A. Scheduling and Frequency

  1. Schedule in relation to work and other obligations

  2. Schedule in relation to availability of personnel

  3. Schedule frequency in relation to response levels

  4. Schedule frequency in relation to need

  5. Mix topics in relation to services provided

  6. Schedule in relation to other departmental activities such as fund raising

  7. Separate various audiences

       a. Young and middle-ages

       b. Rookies and experienced

       c. Members and officers

  8. Repeat training activities to increase attendance

B. Meaningful and Relevant

  1. Analyze audience needs

  2. Have some practical application

  3. Provide current information

  4. Relate to individual interests and needs

  5. Relate to department needs

C. Planned and Organized

  1. Develop a training schedule with short- and long-term goals

  2. Utilize qualified presenters

      a. Instructional ability

      b. Technical knowledge

  3. Have lesson guides for delivery and documentation

  4. Arrange logistical support (prior planning and coordination)

  5. Arrange material in a logical flow

  6. Integrate training based on service provided

      a. Firefighting skills - suggested topics

         i. Personal protective clothing and safety

         ii. Hose and hose appliances

         iii. Engine company ground ladders

         iv. Self-contained breathing apparatus

         v. Ventilation theory and practice

         vi. Basic hose and ladder evolutions

     b. Emergency Care - suggested topics

          i. Infection control and safety

          ii. Primary patient surveys

          iii. CPR

          iv. Fracture management

          v. Soft tissue injuries

          vi. Situational analysis

      c. Rescue skills - suggested topics

          i. Vehicle stabilization

          ii. Vehicle construction

          iii. Stabilization and hand tool practice

          iv. Hand tool practice

          v. Electric and pneumatic tool practice

          vi. Hydraulic tool practice

      d. Hazardous materials operations – suggested topics

          i. Recognition and identification

          ii. Use of the Emergency Response Guide

          iii. Hazard and risk assessment

          iv. Basic control and containment

          v. Basic decontamination

         vi. Emergency medical considerations

  7. Consider obstacles to training

      a. Attitude of leadership

      b. Unreasonable requirements

      c. Availability of training - time and/or location

      d. Personal fears

          i. Heights

          ii. Heat

          iii. SCBA

          iv. "Blood and guts"

     e. Peer pressure

     f. Lack of support/motivation by department

  8. Consider recognition for participation

D. Have Measurable Results

  1. Stated objectives

      a. Knowledge

      b. Skills performance