- Develop a comprehensive standard operating guideline (SOG) to ensure compliance with NFPA 1403 and other applicable (state specific) regulations dealing with live fire training.
- Develop a SOG on live fire instructor qualification that addresses training, experience, and demonstration of competency in critical skills.
- Ensure that live fire training that your organization conducts is safe, effective, and conducted in compliance with applicable regulations, standards, and SOGs.
- Expand your training in crew resource management and fire dynamics throughout your department.
- Participate in the NFPA standards development process to ensure that professional qualifications standards (e.g., Firefighter, Fire Officer, and Instructor) and the live fire training standard address key competencies for safe operation on both the fireground and in training.
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Ed Hartin, M.S., EFO, MIFireE, CFO is a Battalion Chief with Gresham Fire and Emergency Services in Gresham, Oregon. Ed has a longstanding interest in fire behavior and has traveled internationally, studying fire behavior and firefighting best practices in Sweden, the UK, and Australia. Along with Paul Grimwood (UK), Shan Raffel and John McDonough (Australia), Ed co-authored 3D Firefighting: Techniques, Tips, and Tactics a text on compartment fire behavior and firefighting operations published by Fire Protection Publications. Ed has delivered compartment fire behavior training (CFBT) and tactical ventilation training in the US, Australia, and Malaysia. Ed has also authored articles in a number of fire service publications in the US and UK, and presented at the British Fire Service College's annual research conference in 2006. The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) at its 2006 Annual Conference recognized Gresham Fire and Emergency Services compartment fire behavior training (CFBT) program as a finalist for an Award of Excellence. At the same conference, the Commission on Fire Accreditation International awarded Ed Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation.