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    Default Not enough training not sure how to approach discussing it.

    I am a member of an all Vol. rural dept.
    There are 19 firefighters, and I am the youngest at 25. We have 2 training nights a month and a business meeting. I Don't feel like we train enough. Most of the other firefighters have multiple jobs, so attendance Is an issue.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MarineFF2216 View Post
    I am a member of an all Vol. rural dept.
    There are 19 firefighters, and I am the youngest at 25. We have 2 training nights a month and a business meeting. I Don't feel like we train enough. Most of the other firefighters have multiple jobs, so attendance Is an issue.
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    set up extra training and whoever shows up does

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    set up extra training and whoever shows up does
    I did that to get hose testing doen on the engine I was LT on a couple years back. We got the 2 inch and 3 inch done in one afternoon. At the next meeting I got jumped by members of the department that weren't in my company about running special training without the rest of the department. I said "Fine, Saturday starting at 10 am we will be testing the 5 inch hose on my engine. Everyne is invited." Just my company showed up so we paged it. One extra guy showed up and one of the people that crabbed the loudest drove by in his SUV and watchd us lay out the 1000 feet of 5 inch. He didn't stop to help. We haven't done an extra drill or hose testing day since...
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    I am in a position now where two of the Chief officers and the Captains are starting to let me get involved with training as assistant training officer.

    I am pushing to get more and better training, which as you say is difficult. I have decided to train the ones who want to train. The others will either get motivated after seeing that they are being left behind or they will pull back further or quit. They did not come on runs or train in the first place so the loss will not be noticed.
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    If you can't train more frequently (as you say, everyone's schedule is full), make sure the training you do is good.

    Presumably you don't arrive on drill night and wonder what to cover - do you announce the training/drill activity beforehand? While drilling on your equipment is never a bad thing, finding unique ways to do it can pique people's interest. Consider bringing in someone from another agency for a "bad weather" classroom training night. You might be surprised to find that your people will listen to someone else when they might not listen to you say exactly the same thing (there are no experts within 100 miles of your firehouse...)

    Look for training activities outside your firehouse (if you don't already). A tour of a building under construction, coupled with some pertinent questions, will interest people, and they'll learn stuff that may save their lives. I was kinda teed when they scheduled a fire department tour of a local hotel under construction and I had other commitments I couldn't get out of. The same goes for existing facilities of all sorts.
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