Firefighters and medics working at the scene of a motor vehicle crash (MVC) are increasingly being exposed to the risk of becoming the victim of a secondary crash. We regularly see instances where first-responders are killed or seriously injured, or their apparatus destroyed, by the reckless actions of inattentive or distracted drivers. The situation for potential disaster is only exacerbated with more individuals with more technology in their care, traveling over poorly maintained roads and highways in many areas of the country. One of the most important responsibilities for fire officers and firefighters alike is recognizing and managing risks. Working a MVC in today's world is a high-frequency and high-risk activity. Make sure that you and your people are prepared every day using the following infor
Guest Blog written for ATS by Robert Avsec Many firefighters "have the patch and the t-shirt" indicating that they've successfully completed a fire service training course. Regardless whether the course was an instructor-led session (traditional classroom) or an on-line training course, the key question is: can the individual successful apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to real-world practical situations?Two different words, two different meanings Compliance training is designed to be as efficient as possible. That means the training is inexpensive, quick and non-disruptive to normal operations. Competency-based training, on the other hand, is designed to be as effective as possible. That is, it works. Real learning becomes possible. Why is compliance-based training not
When it comes to firefighter training, a visual approach is more effective than lecturing for a lot of the materials, and Action Training Systems has streamlined the training process based on National standards. We know that hands-on training is valuable for firefighters, which is why our training materials are designed to enhance the training process and help instructors make the most out of their time in the classroom. Here are five reasons why you should use our firefighter training videos as part of your current lesson plan and training curriculum: 1. Save time:Our training videos are accessible outside of the classroom, so instructors can assign students to watch them before they attend class. This leaves more time during class for hands-on training drills instead of going over materials. 2. Save money:Our training videos are an economical alternative to outsourcing training, which
Interactive Online Fire & EMS Training Why do we practice? We practice in order to prepare for the real thing. We practice for the moment when there is no more time for practice; for the moment when error is no longer a luxury. Instructors and students of Fire and EMS training programs will all face this reality. All we can hope is that the men and women who respond to such emergencies have done all they can to be ready when the time comes, but what does that involve? The best way to learn is, of course, through experience, but it is unrealistic to start a controlled fire or pull out the training dummies every time you learn something new. Not only are resources an issue but also the time involved, and as we all know: time saved is lives saved. As a result, it is important to have students and teachers of Fire and EMS programs cover as many si
For the past 27 years Action Training Systems (ATS) has been known for the superior quality of their fire and EMS training programs.  President, George Avila, took his love for video production and matched it with his desire to make a difference in the emergency response world. Over the years he has hired a highly qualified production team and worked with countless industry subject matter experts to develop the highest quality multi-media training programs on the market. In the early years Action Training Systems (ATS) Programs were strictly video based. As a company always looking to explore the advances and changes in education, they discovered that incorporating interactive training proved to be more engaging for students and significantly increased their level of comprehension. A recent study by Kaltura titled, The State of Video in Education 2015, emphasized how video is permeating our education institutions, transforming the way we teach, learn a