The case for seeking effective outside firefighter training

Traditional in-house training can become repetitive and uninspiring, but by seeking out different avenues for outside training, firefighters can reinsert vigor into the learning process


Outside training exercises and events can be a frustrating and difficult part of any fire service career or department. Training external to your fire shift is always scheduled at a bad time and is never expedient to you, your department or your family schedule. Unfortunately, current social demands and community expectations make outside training critically important to the survival of an independent and progressive fire service. Learn how to choose outside training that will expand your skill set and benefit your department.

Basic training covers the basics

Rookie firefighters learn significant lessons from the hours spent at basic training. Valuable lessons are acquired, such as learning to secure a mask, advancing a line and checking the door before initiating forcible entry. Over the course of basic training, firefighters begin to notice how things are put together and the importance of repetition.

Certain techniques taught in basic training are often repeated over and over, as knowledge is gained by combining simple tasks into more complex tactical objectives. Firefighters absorb the idea that what took 10 minutes to accomplish yesterday could be done in eight minutes today. More importantly, they learn that if a task is not practiced religiously, it might take 15 minutes tomorrow, when it counts.

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