What do you see going on here and how can you handle it?
A photograph can say a thousand words, use various media sources to touch as many senses as possible.
For your training to be successful, you must satisfy the following:
M - Motivate the students by giving them a reason to be interested in the training, making it real or using the above photograph as an example, an overhead question to your firefighters asking how they would mitigate the incident can motivate folks to want to hear or learn more...
P - Prepare them to learn and receive new information by doing your homework and providing salient and relative information using an executive summary mind set which basically means that less is more. One page bullet points for what you want them to remember and retain. Don't overwhelm people keeping those "facts" per training session, keeping key points down to ten or less things for folks to memorize.
A - Apply the information using simulators, field training, drills on the apparatus room bay, etc. This is the hands on component of the training that helps cement the information into folks heads. Key point here is repetition, repetition, repetition...
E - Evaluate folks, which means provide a testing mechanism to enable both the instructor and student to validate that they understand the information presented.
This should give you some direction...
Just catering to your department. What works best for your department and your firefighters?
I feel that hands-on is the best way to train, overall. It helps me, personally, to help get the information to stick when I am physically doing things.
But bring conversations, experience and open minds into play, too. One of our Chiefs is a Lt. in the FDNY, so he brings a ton of knowledge and experience to the table.
Also, there are constraints on hands-on trainings. Heavy rescue - getting cars. Search - locations. So on and so forth. Luckily, my department has a training house in the back that we use, and a lot of establishments, such as schools, allow us to use their buildings for trainings from time to time (not live fire, obviously).
To top it off, we have the Fire Academy about 15-20 minutes away for our live fire trainings.
But in house, if no training house is available, simulation is key. We had times where we couldn't use the house, for whatever reason, so we'd simulate fire with a flashlight or black out our masks with paper towels to simulate incredibly smokey conditions.
What works best for our dept. is classroom followed up by hands on training. Too much classroom has a tendency to make the troops less interested after awhile and it's good to get out and put the classroom work to use to make it stick in the melon for future use.
Even the mundane stuff like remembering how to follow the hose out can be done in the meeting room with a few couplings and then you go outside to the "hose maze" and put it to use.
I also agree with Mike, alot of good points.
Pull up the discussion "looking for different training ideas". It may help
with your inquiry.