A few years ago I had a forum on Fire Engineering concerning the level of instruction experience or training to become a live fire instructor.Comments were mixed and even flew into a heated debate on the risk/benefit analysis of conducting such training. It all boils down to this: live fire training is the culmination point for safe and effective fireground training, and should be conducted by "someone who has the training and experience to supervise students during live fire training evolutions" (1403, 2007 ed.) What exactly does this mean? Depends where you're from, I guess. In my mind it means more knowledge and experience, mentoring by instructors who have done live fire training before, and putting in your time. Some states have created specific curriculum covering live fire instructors. I've seen it, and it's pretty good, strict in fact. The point is, not everyone should be conducting this type of training. If you are or are planning on it, study up on the standards (1403 references 11) as a starting point. More to come, but let's see some comments on the above. I leave you with a question: What would you like to see as a minimum standard (if there was one) for instructors conducting live fire training? Stay Safe, Tony
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