Is Your Training What it Should Be?
David Pease, Carolina Fire/Rescue/EMS Journal
When you read this we will be moving into early Fall. I hope everyone’s Summer was good, and you were able to enjoy some family time, personal time and just good “ole” down time. Something we all need in our careers as Fire/Rescue/EMS providers. Sometimes we just have to put ourselves first, a totally different concept for some of us.
In the last four of my columns, we have looked at and discussed school bus extrication. We went over bus anatomy, stabilization, IC, and extrication. In this column we are going to skip extrication, and talk a little bit about how we train or don’t train.
Some things in vehicle extrication do not change, and some things change drastically. There are numerous articles on new car technology and how cars are changing every year. The Hybrids that are beginning to become more frequent on the highways.
However, these will still be somewhat few in the big picture for quite awhile. Every year car manufacturers introduce new automobiles with more features for the buyer, but creating more problems for the rescuer. Sometimes we pause and think, will we ever be knowledgeable enough, and will we ever truly know what we need too know?
Most people that know me, know that I am all about training. A great man once said, “The more we sweat in training, the less we bleed in battle.” We can transfer that to rescue by saying “The more we learn in training, the better chance our victims have of survival,” not to mention our own safety and that of our team. We must come to realize that it is not always how many hours we train, but it is the quality of our training.
I would rather train folks for 4 hours learning and practicing skills, as well as gaining knowledge applied to the vehicles we work on, than spend 8 hours standing around, talking shop, and truly not getting the training we should be.
The question is, are you getting in the quality of training you should be, or ultimately wasting valuable time and effort. Most members have a limited amount of time to spare, so if training waste more time than it should, these members tend to shun training for other things. You start to see a drop in your training attendance, which only hurts the department.
Another problem we run into, is having the same Instructor teach the classes, time and time again. Sometimes it is good to have some new faces, new ideas, and just a new style of teaching for a change. If our training falls into a rut, so do the members that attend them. You need to break out of that rut once in awhile, and offer something new to your folks.