Thread: Training Ideas for VFD?
05-20-2008, 03:22 PM #1
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- The Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Training Ideas for VFD?
I am the training officer for a small (20 member) VFD in a remote city in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I am new to this position and we have a lot of work to do to get our training program up to speed. I am hoping someone can help me with some training ideas. We literally have nothing in the file at this point. In the past we trained infrequently when working on a specific new capacity for our department (vehicle rescue, HAZMAT decon). I am looking for resources we can put into use to make sure we are improving our capabilities and safety on the fireground.
Thank you for your help.
05-20-2008, 04:24 PM #2So you call this your free country
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05-20-2008, 04:32 PM #3
Firefighter Survival Drills. Engine/Truck/Rescue Company functions. Go to fdtraining.com
There are many more training websites out there. Firefighter Closecalls is an excellent resource (mentioned above). Good luck and Keep on Training!
05-20-2008, 05:05 PM #4
Can you commit the firefighters to a regular drill night? I know that is ambitious for some of the smaller departments, but it's not impossible.
We meet every tuesday night at 7 and routinely go 2 to 3 hours long.
If you are not meeting at all, start with at least 1/month or every other week.
As for specific drills, the basics. Hoseline advancement, SCBA confidence/awareness, ventilation/ladders, drafting/engine operations, etc.I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.
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05-23-2008, 06:57 PM #5
There are many available resources. Louisiana State University has a vast library of Fire Service related training materials on their website. Texas A&M has many WMD courses online at TEEX.com, The other sites mentioned are also a very good resource to use.
Another route you can go is to contact your State training facility for assistance.To err is human, To forgive divine and at times I am as much of both as you will ever find
05-25-2008, 08:25 PM #6
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Take a Look at www.MFRI.org That's the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, which is a part of the University of Maryland. They have downloadable Drills and stuff that should be of help to you.Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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05-26-2008, 09:47 PM #7
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If you are a subscriber to Fire Engineering, they have a drills section and a video section with a lot of helpful tips on basic skills such as pulling a ceiling, checking for extension, vehicle extrication, etc.
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