My favorite thing to do while training?................Everything!!!!
Training should be fun, yet educational and awakening. It should grab you and slap your face and leave you thinking for a long time afterwords. I enjoy hands on training more than classroom but it is still an essential part to learning. I try to have a good mix during my drills, with a little lecture followed by mostly hands on stuff.
My county just got a new training tower built, and we will hopefully start to use it monthly. I enjoy the scenario based training the most, trying to make it as real as possible to see how they react. We will set stuff up in our station or behind it, and actually drop our tones about half hour before the drill was supposed to start for a drill, then sit back and observe how they handle the emergency. Whether its a pin job in a car, or a "fire" in our station with the rescue randy doll strategically hidden in a maze of old furniture in our meeting room, we try to make it realistic, educational for all levels including our fire police and EMS members, and we make it fun, so they come back next week for more.
When I was a young firefighter I looked forward to training with the rescue tools and practicing extrication techniques. I took the extrication class 3 times already! Guess I am a rescue firefighter at heart.
I gotta go with Moose on this too. I like to train on pretty much everything. (Although, the eye/hearing protection classes can get a little boring!)
I think my favorite is probably extrication. The face that every vehicle we use is different and gives you so many different ways to work it depending on the scenarioplacement etc. It's like a new puzzle every time.
Situational based trainings are great too. Where you get an incident and run it through from start to finish, rotating people through each spot so we get the most out of it.
Training should be fun and interesting. Sometimes it's harder with certain topics but alot of it has to do with the instructor and how much they enjoy the topic too.
love your thoughts, i do love all training i feel this amazing burst of excitement when training, i do have a few i favour more but i love the fact i can work in a team to achive a good outcome, i am hoping to go to the next level in firefighting in nz and step up a rank, it will involve more training, it should be a great learning experiance but also alot of fun
As the Training Officer for my department, I try to mix up the training while still covering our requirements. I like our training to be realistic. Our theme for training is"Back to Basics." I try to get all of our members "fundamentally" sound and then build upon that.
Saying all of that to say, my favorite type of training is at the kitchen table when we are just talking about different scenarios or calls that we have been on. My new guys are far more relaxed there than in the training room so they absorb alot more. It also gives the senior members a sense of ownership and pride in passing on good information and traditions.
I like confined space & entrapment training. There's nothing worse than the feeling of being trapped. I think that little voice in your head saying "you can get out of this, remember your training" would go a long way in keeping a firefighter from loosing it.
Glad you asked, Sarah.
My favorite thing to do on trainings, particularly with rookies, is to spend a long time in the burn room watching fire behavior against different attacks. Last year we handled this by setting up a stack of spare air bottles just outside the burn room, then about 6 of us at a time were able to hang out for extended periods calmly and thoughtfully monitoring our burn room while we tried different sized hoselays, different bails, 30 degree fog, 20 degree fog, straight stream, and water cans with and without foam. As firefighters ran out of air they were able to re-up quickly since the bottles were right outside. This was a particularly good experience for the rookies, as they were able to spend a good long time right up against a fairly involved room and contents fire that we maintained under our complete control. We even allowed it to burn over a couple of times so they could see what it looks like to have the smoke igniting over their heads (smoke is fuel!). With each passing minute their confidence and comfort grew, as did their respect for the fire and knowledge of the various attack methods.Running a drill this way is very different than typical scenario-based training where you're trying to get everyone to play the game. In the training I outlined above, we weren't "distracted" by radio chatter, ICS or gear issues. We just sat there and played with fire for an hour or so. It was a fabulous experience and I highly recommend it.
The Basics are always good. Scenario based trainings, such as taking LODDs and Close Calls and reenacting them in a non IDLH is always good. Things that get your brain ticking. RIT, SAR, VES
I'm probably going to have to say extrication, it's something different with every car they let us cut, I also like crawling around our training store (Yes, we have an old store we train in). Gives us juniors a chance to get a feel for it.
in the U.S is a junior like a recruit? how long are you a junior for?
In my area there are two types and classifications; Junior Firefighter and Explorer.
Juniors are set up by the department hosting them, the ages are generally 14-18 (in both groups), and they are covered by the departments insurance plan. They drill with firefighters, respond to calls and do limited activities at calls when accompanied by an officer or advisor. I was a Junior in Long Island NY for 4 years and was voted in the department automatically when I turned 18 because I already had the training required, as well as some experience.
Explorers are usually run and hosted by the Boy Scouts of America. To start an Explorer program you have to meet with reps from the BSA, get training, background checks, and permission from the town/village/district to have the program. The BSA insures the explorers and therefore you have to follow their rules; like no use of power tools (on calls or in training), no climbing ladders higher than 30 feet, no interior firefighting, no driving the trucks, no response to calls after 10pm weeknights during school months, etc etc. I was one of the two founding firefighters who created and ran the post in my old department, it went very well and we reached a lot of kids who would have otherwise gone to the wrong side if not positively influenced when they were.
Live Fire Training!!! Train like you play!
wow thats really cool. i joined at a volly when i was 16 and spent a year training as a recruit or in your part of the world a junior and did a course when i was 17, i was then fully operational im almost 21 now and soon to be doing the next step in firefighting and study my qualified fire fighters