Live-Fire Training — Part 1: Are We Making a Wrong Turn?

An Instructor Argues That Training in Acquired Structures Is More Necessary Than Ever. Do You Agree?


To begin to examine the state of live-fire training, we'll review the move by some fire departments away from conducting live-fire training due to its perceived low value and high risks. Is the fire service making a wrong turn? Let us start with important data. First, according to statistics...


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What is happening with live-fire training in your fire district? Please send me an e-mail at dcolletti@idexcorp.com to discuss the issues you are dealing with and your views on using acquired structures for live-fire training.

DOMINIC COLLETTI is the author of The Compressed Air Foam Systems Handbook and Class A Foam—Best Practice For Structure Firefighters. He is co-author of Foam Firefighting Operations 1 and The Rural Firefighting Handbook. Colletti is a former assistant fire chief and serves on the technical committee of NFPA 1500 Fire Department Occupation Safety and Health Program. He is the Global Foam Systems Product Manager for Hale Products and can be reached at dcolletti@idexcorp.com.