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Guest blog written for ATS by Robert Avsec On-line training and education. Buzzwords in today's fire service training circles. Fire departments, large and small, are leaping into the on-line training and education "pool" as a solution for their every-changing training and education needs for their members. Training and Educational Needs Many fire departments across the U.S. and Canada struggle with meeting their training and educational needs because of many factors such as, but not limited to:• A body of knowledge that keeps expanding for the multitude of services that
Guest Blog written for ATS by Robert Avsec Create an environment that doesn't just support their individual motivation, but makes their motivational fire "grow"! How do you do that? By creating an atmosphere that supports "combustion." Firefighters learn early in their training on the necessity for fuel, heat, and oxygen to combine in the proper measures for the chemical reaction that we know as combustion or fire to occur. That process has been represented by the fire triangle: I believe the same principle—combining elements to create a chemical reaction—can be applied by volunteer fire service leaders in creating an "atmosphere" within their organizations that supports motivation. I also believe a volunteer fire department that has a high level of motivation amongst its members is also one that's not losing i
Guest blog written by Robert Avsec for Action Training Systems The fire service continues to evolve, and so do the communities that volunteer fire departments serve. Many of these changes have had a direct impact on volunteer fire departments and their ability to recruit and retain members. Just a few examples are: • Population growth in rural and suburban communities—the types frequently served by volunteer fire departments--add to number of calls for service.• Changes in the economy, and the way America works, requires more volunteer firefighters to work outside of the community they serve; many volunteer firefighters must work more than one job to support their families.• The training demands on volunteer firefighters—primarily their personal time—have increased, largely because of additional standards and regulations.
Guest Blog written for ATS by Robert Avsec Kind of a misleading title, don't you think? Because as we continue to venture forth into using on-line platforms to deliver fire and EMS training, don't you need to be more than an instructor? Certainly, in the traditional sense of the word, instructor. And most certainly in the context of instructor-led training. Previously, instructor-led training meant having an instructor physically present before students in a classroom. We now have an expectation that those same instructors become proficient at leading the delivery of on-line training and education. We also have an expectation th
Guest Blog for ATS by Robert AvsecThe training of firefighters and officers has come a long way since I began my career in 1981. Back then, 8 mm movies, 35 mm photograph slides, and transparencies (or overlays) were the only off-the-shelf training products available for instructors. And training had to take place in a physical location, such as, the fire training center or the fire station. For ad hoc "graphics" in the classroom, the instructor's options were a chalkboard or clear vinyl sheets (transparencies) that the instructor could draw or write on and have it projected on the screen on an overhead projector (Google the names for those pieces of equipment to see what they looked like). Today's Classroom Today, with computer technology the classroom can be anywhere: the fi
Guest Blog for ATS by Robert Avsec"Training teaches what Operations does, and Operations does what Training teaches." That's the Training and Safety Division's motto for the Chesterfield County (Va.) Fire and EMS Department where I served for my entire 26-year career. The motto is on a large banner that hangs in the main hallway of the Fire Training wing of the County's Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center.From my experiences, which included serving as the Chief of the Training and Safety Division for 3+ years, such a motto should be the starting point for any fire chief that wants to have a successful training program. For too long, too many young firefighters have heard this (or something similar) from senior department members and
Are you a firefighter instructor that wants to take his class to the next level? If so, read on to learn about three incredible benefits of utilizing online fire training for instructors: 1. Interactive coursework Unfortunately, much of what you teach in the classroom will be forgotten if it is not reinforced. Fire training programs provide interactive coursework/homework for each lesson that greatly improves student's comprehension of the content. In addition, when you use online firefighter training programs you won't have to spend extra effort grading and creating homework. 2. Videos increase comprehension The videos provided in online fire training will make your class more compelling. Your students will find it easier to focus on the lesson. In addition, these videos gre