Recently I have noticed a disturbing trend in the fire service when it comes to training. It seems the more "letters" Firefighters and Chief's have behind their names the more they charge to educate our Brothers and Sisters. While I do recognize that there are a lot of costs associated with running a business, the bottom line still remains the fire department and firefighters home budgets are becoming less and less in regards to having money to get the training. They most likely have recognized a need for this particular training or maybe they just want a different perspective to create safer, more effective fire operations. The part that is really sad is in some of the discussions I have had with fire departments, the training they recieved did not equal the cost they paid. I caution fire departments and my Brothers and Sisters alike to ensure before they decide to hire in for training to know what objectives they want to meet. Also are the companies or persons conducting the training are more than just "letters" and actually can relate to your juridictions needs. Are they asking for your SOP's, Are they asking you what objectives you want to meet? Don't just let them dictate to you. Your fire problems aren't always theirs. Suburban departments aren't Urban departments and normally tactics employed by each are dictated by the response areas and responsbilities. When working with various companies or persons ask them for a break down of what your really paying for and the small fortune some are trying to make off of you and call it Brotherhood! Most should be willing, if you have never used them before, to give you a resonable price and allow you to see the quality in the training and then you may be willing and even able to pay more. Some will get mad at this blog and that is ok because as my Grandmother would say " A hit dog always holla's." Start looking in your local area for firefighters who are talented and look outside also, and truly match apples for apples; I also ask you to check references and really dig into the back ground of the folks providing the instruction and you may find they don't have the credability you would really like them to have or even have the respect of the Brothers and Sisters they serve with everyday! Just some observations on training from a fire service student. What are your thoughts?