Im a line officer with a small rural volunteer dept. Recently it was brought to my attention that some of my guys are getting bored with training. Does anyone have any new training ideas that may catch the attention of my dept?

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Hey there! I like to get my guys doing something different by putting our full gear, SCBA included, and cleaning out trucks inside and out! Great for using the packs if you don't get to practice with them often. I am currently working on a Mock disaster with our neighboring department that sometimes responds with us from time to time and vice versa, involving a MVA.... jaws of life practice....... Great fun if you get get your hands on a few wrecked cars.
Hope it was a bit of help......
hello my name is rob elliott i am the training officer for msoa fire rescue were part of motorsport fire rescue in nsw austrlia could you send me some training ideas via email
Here is a great place for company level training
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I must agree. I have used a few of the of the subjects and formats from this site.
If the guys are getting bored then ask them for some input. What do they want to do? What do they want to learn? take some of their ideas and use them. Nothing will add to the particapatation of your training than letting them get involved with it themselves. Pick some of your more advanced members and find a subject that they excell with and have them teach it to the rest of the members.
I have also made a Jeopardy game for Drill night on power point. If anybody would like a copy of it so you can change the questions and answers let me know.
Give us a list of what you have done over the past year. It really is hard to keep it fresh, but we'll have a better idea of what to suggest when we know what you've already done.
I am an Assistant Chief, with a combination department, but I have been running training for over 15 years. First, remember you cant please everyone, dont take it personnally, and figure out what is the high risk/low frequency calls for your department, and then the high frequency/low risk calls. Start from there and move through. We have built so many props, (I make them probie projects) and put them to use immediately. They are not expensive, just time consuming, sometimes. An entanglement prop, or a wall breach prop, are actually very inexpensive and easy to make. Then you have to share your schedule, which you have created and built upon each subject, and create your own subject matter experts. However you need to do that. I share all of my research, and it might be me that actually creates the class, but I train that person that loves that subject, to everything I can get my hands on. I might even send them to a conference or class specializing in the chosen subject, if I can afford it. I am career, so that makes it a little easier for me, since it is part of my job, but it is not all of my job. I have to fit it in. Has anyone checked into your local FOOLS chapter and talked to the instructors there. Talk about people who know how to teach and love the job so much, they will be infectious, and creative. You will find you are excited just working out a drill with them. I joined a year ago, and have never looked back. Just a few thoughts.
Hi Cameron, I have a few ideas that should help you in your quest for training ideas.

* I will get training ideas from FIREHOUSE.COM, FIREENGINEERING.COM, FIREFIGHTERCLOSECALLS.COM and other web sites. Great places for information and drill downloads.

* We do inter-department drills with our surrounding mutual aid departments. These have been very successful especially when it comes to RIT. My department hosted a RIT training class and exercise. We used a mobile home for training. Great place to train with confined space. We have also do SCBA training. It's unlimited as to what you can do.

* We have visited our local EMS/Mutual Aid Dept's. for training on their equipment. Covering vehicle layout, compartment contents, and vehicle operation. Great way for PR and interaction. Some day you may be asked to get a widget and you'll know where to find it.

* Each year we tour our local businesses and manufacturing facilities. Great for PR. We have also done simulated fires at some of these businesses. Have put FF in the buildings for search & rescue.
We do prearrange these with the business, go over our goals and plans. We give each business a guide sheet that covers the important stuff, { see below}.You be amazed at the positive responses and how happy they are that we take the time to tour and train at their facility.

* I even have had our surrounding mutual aid departments tour the key facilities in our town. This has been done for two reasons. One is for mutual aid response and the other is for mutual aid coverage. If they are covering my town I want them to be aware of where your going and what they may have to respond to.

* Table Top exercises. I have downloaded many photo's of fires, MVA's, etc. for training purposes. These photos are then assigned an incident type, given a location, what is available for equipment & manpower.....then you are the IC.
To make it more interesting another incident may be added while en route or while trying to control this one.
{ I have these for use if you want some.....see below}.

* Area Familiarization. Nothing is more important than "KNOWING" your own community. This should include street/road names, key points of interest, water sources; winter/summer supplies, local businesses, do you have handicapped residence that need special attention, do they have O2, ask your members to really look at your community and list what they see on the ride to work/home, share what they have listed, etc.

* Ask your local fire investigator to give a class on 'METH LAB AWARENESS or SCENE PRESERVATION" Very important items for the fire service. If you set up the class ask your surrounding departments if they have anyone who'd like to attend. Great for inter-dept. PR.

If you want any of the photos I've downloaded with drills e-mail me at and I'll send you out a few along with the check sheet.

Best of luck in your quest to better train. Stay safe, train often and share knowledge. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Norm
if you could send me that it would be great!
go to some of the larger structures in your area, and do a walk thru note exits, mechanical rooms, standpipes, water sources, have a rep for the building explain what happens in that building how many occupants at what time of day.etc....this is a good way to update or start your preplans for buildings in your area.Also it creates a relationship with the building owners/ representatives, as well as being good public relations.


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