Training Idea: Building Familiarity

I know this doesn’t sound as interesting to the typical firefighter as training on rapid intervention or roof cutting, but when conducted correctly and regularly, this training idea will enhance not only rapid intervention and roof cutting, but just...


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There is a considerable investment of time and effort here that may work out to be 10 hours of preparation time for a 90-minute drill. Fear not; the time was well spent and the product or drill produced can be used dozens of times with different firefighters and officers.

JOHN J. SALKA Jr., a Firehouse® contributing editor, recently retired as a battalion chief with FDNY, serving as commander of the 18th battalion in the Bronx. Salka has instructed at several FDNY training programs, including the department’s Probationary Firefighters School, Captains Management Program and Battalion Chiefs Command Course. He conducts training programs at national and local conferences and has been recognized for his firefighter survival course “Get Out Alive.” Salka co-authored the FDNY Engine Company Operations manual and wrote the book First In, Last Out – Leadership Lessons From the New York Fire Department. He also operates Fire Command Training (www.firecommandtraining.com), a New York-based fire service training and consulting firm.