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Today I wanted to take a few minutes and ask how much and how often does everyone get to train in their fire house? I know me being a new firefighter seeing new things and learning new ways to get the job done more effective and safer makes everyday a learning experience. I have been lucky enough to have family and fellow firefighters show me early on the importance of training. I think all of us rookies and veterans should all have the mind set to train everyday because what we learn today may save us, a patient or fellow firefighter tomorrow. So I guess my question is really a three part question. How much, how often and how effective is you’re fire houses training methods? Any imput ideas or new drills and/or methods would be great.

Also to add something really quickly here is another question I have. Does you’re department have a PT routine that has to be done and if so what does that in tale?

Thanks again,

Jordan Smith (E.K.C.J.F.D)

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Comment by Brenda Tenney on October 9, 2008 at 12:16pm
We should train more,but we have some fire fighters that have and second job,Yesterday was and busy day,,we had two calls at the same time.Got though that.Am home from work now. Am going to rest some ,and be on pc later.
Oh,Michael,I wear my gear from head to toe,I nearly fall over.With all the gear on,wow,will make me stronger ,guess. take care,be safe .Brenda
Comment by Michael T Rapcavage on October 8, 2008 at 9:32pm
Our company every week there is always something going on (training)It could be from smokehouse to going over a new tool on the rig. We have a great bunch of training officers take alot of time to plan these drills.Our senior men also help in educating the juior men on fire tatics. Take Care .Wear your gear .(head to toe)
Comment by Jordan Smith on October 8, 2008 at 3:51pm
Thanks everyone for all the imput on the post.
Comment by Brenda Tenney on October 7, 2008 at 1:47pm
Thanks Todd,I am keeping up with my training,and working another job.Got and fire dept meeting tonight,am going to
try and get some of the fire fighters of my dept to join this site. Be safe Brenda
Comment by Katy Luetke on October 7, 2008 at 1:55am
In my experince with Cal-Fire, we train on the raw-basics every day for the first month of fire season, getting the rookies and transfers integrated in to the program so opperations are cohesive, then as fire season gets going, training slows until you are sometimes lucky to get a good two hours per shift/tour (72 hours for us). Once all of the initial training that has to be documented as first of the year paperwork is over, it becomes the FF's job to "butter up" we'll say, the Co. Officers to get to train, but in my experience, once you get a captain or Engineer into it, it is very helpful and affective.
Comment by Todd McKee on October 6, 2008 at 11:28pm
Remember, keep an open mind and keep focus with your training. You know you canstop by and we will go over whatever you need. WORK HARD!

Comment by Larry Glover on October 5, 2008 at 6:43pm
Thanks Brenda.
Sad thing is I'm the rookie, I've been with my paid dept for a year this month. I still come in with a smile on my face everyday. Stay Safe!
Comment by Larry Glover on October 5, 2008 at 5:55pm
How much?---Not enough company/shift training.
How often?---Approx. once a month shift training.
How effective?---Not, New Fire Chief, new ideas and the grunts are giving resistence to change. In fact my Captain, just the other day, stated he hated change and wished the fire service would go back to the "way it was". I usually stay on the computer on FE, FireNuggets, VES or FH reading/printing off articles and placing them around the firehouse (pretending like I left them there by accident). Even though the moral isn't the best right now, I keep on training and try to encourage others to train with me. I'll keep on fighting to change my Capt.'s attitude.

Stay Safe Brothers and Excellent Discussion,

Comment by Brenda Tenney on October 4, 2008 at 8:02pm
On my Fire Dept,we train much as possible,We have already went though the tough training at the academy ,But them we have the other courses like Haz-mat,Arson,Fire fighter 2,First responder,and of course we just keep on learning something each month,we practice a lot at the station,and pump ops,and so on.
I have yet got to go to many more classes ,
Be safe Brenda

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