While at FDIC I was lucky enough to be part of the HOT class in Truck Company Search and especially the Mask Confidence evolution. My department has always done a training on a maze but never anything like this. I loved it and more importantly learned a ton.. I want to do the same thing for a drill for our volunteers and career staff so I put together a drill proposal and presented it to the training officer. I am part of the training division and assumed I would be putting the drill on in the next few weeks at an aquired structure we have. However, the training officer wants to disect the maze and teach each prop individually in a "safe" environment. I feel that compromises the message of the drill itself. I feel that the reason I will never forget the leasons learned when I went through was because I had to figure out how to properly deal with the situation at hand. I wasn't sounding the floor properly and fell to my chest on the joist - I'll never do that again. I don't think that firefighters will get the same experience if it is peiced together (or rather disected).
Am I crazy or is that "in your face" aspect of this evolution part of the learning experience???