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  • EMS Training? Not Again!

    By Chris Battlo - Wednesday May 15, 2013
    There has been a definite shift toward first responder or medical calls in most areas. No longer can you be a firefighter alone; many departments require you to be a minimum of EMT or have first responder training. Other departments are handling so many...
  • Is Firefighter Communication a Lost Art?

    By Chris Battlo - Tuesday March 26, 2013
    It has been a very busy time around our area. Fire everywhere, motor vehicle accidents are on the rise and medical calls at an all-time high. Does this sound familiar? This seems to be the current trend everywhere. This has given me the opportunity to...
  • Don’t Just be a Firefighter: Take Responsibility for Your Training

    By Chris Battlo - Friday March 8, 2013
    I was listening to a few firefighters talk the other day and they were fussing about the training their department was providing or not providing. One guy asked the other if he had seen the catalog of courses for the fire academy this quarter. Firefighter...
  • Firefighter Training: Slow it Down to Reduce Mistakes

    By Chris Battlo - Monday February 25, 2013
    I have a very high energy eight-year-old that studies and practices martial arts. Recently he was preparing himself for his next belt examination and was having trouble with a few the techniques. In an effort to help him through these problems I set him...
  • Integrate Training to its Fullest

    By Chris Battlo - Tuesday February 19, 2013
    Recently I have had the opportunity to watch several training evolutions. These have been both single company and multi-company drills. Each involved establishing water supply, deploying handlines, conducting search, victim removal and fire suppression...
  • Area Familiarization to Decrease Response Times

    By Chris Battlo - Thursday February 14, 2013
    I realize that it is impossible to know every address and every street in your fire district. I also understand that departments, especially those that are small, have to move personnel around to other areas to accommodate staffing issues. With these...
  • Free Training, Valuable Lessons Come From Debriefings

    By Chris Battlo - Friday February 8, 2013
    How often do you spend some time talking about training evolutions and calls at their conclusion? Sometimes it's as simple as a tailboard talk or just sitting in rehab talking afterwards. This can be productive, but do people get as much out of these...
  • Firefighter Training - Keep It Fresh

    By Chris Battlo - Friday January 18, 2013
    Remember when you were in school, maybe in math class and you felt the seat get so uncomfortable on your behind? Remember when the words that the teacher would say began to run together and you did not hear another word that was said. In years past...
  • Stopping the Flu in the Firehouse

    By Chris Battlo - Wednesday January 16, 2013
    I usually write about training topics, or operational issues and even the occasional morale booster. I usually don’t write about prevention of injury or illness as a main topic but I think we need to look at this flu thing seriously. Earlier this week I...