Early this morning I posted an article on my blog at Firehouse Zen
regarding the need to guard against complacency and to not just expect those "smells and bells" calls to always be smells and bells, but to do our job and keep the "big one" in mind, because someday, that's exactly what you are going to encounter.
How about thinking about the expected as well? How often do you train on things you are likely to encounter rather than on all of that exotic (but exciting) stuff. We do plenty of HAZMAT training and special operations training but we do that for us, because the frequency of those calls are low, but the skills demands are high, so we'd better be prepared when it hits the fan.
But how about something like training on how to survive falling into a pool with your turnouts on? We live on an Island and are surrounded by water. We have a lot of pools. Chances are, at some point in our careers here, we will have to work in turnouts near water. Our chief (back when he was the training officer)did some research a number of years ago and published an article on the subject. This research was instrumental in some of our personnel developing a class on surviving a fall into the water and it has been made part of our mandatory training for new personnel.
What hazards do you have in such abundance in your jurisdiction that you just assume everyone understands and can work around? Maybe there's a few firefighters in your midst that are embarrassed by the fact that they DON'T know, or they have never been properly trained. Take a look around you and prepare for those things that seem to be higher frequency but higher impact as well. You'd be surprised at how much more you can pick up on when you slow this stuff down and look at it piece by piece, like we do in training, and realize how much we really don't understand about the stuff we deal with every day.