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The success of any team depends on its leadership. Without a cool and knowledgeable head at the helm, your department is a ship in a storm bound for trouble. The fire officer holds a position that requires both management and leadership skills in order to create cohesion in the high-stakes world of the fire service. Consider the following tips in your officer development to insure that operations run smoothly and, at a time of crisis, lives are saved

1) Know your team
As a company officer, you will be leading a group of distinct individuals, many of whom may come from a diverse range of backgrounds and hold a diverse range of views and values. In order to facilitate productive group chemistry, it is important to see and understand each individual's place in...

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 d...

While it is certainly worthwhile to compare emergency responders to athletes, insofar as both professions require a great amount of physical activity, there are key differences between the two. For example, emergency personnel do not need any sort of super-human ability such as incredible running times or dead-lift records; instead they need to be able to engage in activities such as lifting, pulling, pushing and running with a normal aptitude, but often for extended periods of time. This requires that emergency responders train more consistently than athletes, and exercise a wider variety of muscles in preparation for engaging in more general tasks.

Junior firefighting smallIt's the middle of a gorgeous day in Kennewick, WA. The sun is shining, the springtime air is warm, and I'm standing here watching 25 high-school students coming together to practice putting out a car fire. They work with the discipline and focus of experienced firefighters 10 years their senior. There's an outstanding cohesion, and a genuine delight, to the way these students organize themselves to complete the task at hand. It's a level of teamwork you rarely see outside an actual department. Their instructor, Nathan Allington, guides them lightly, occasionally shouting out a reminder or an instruction to keep the teens...

Action Training Systems (ATS), producer of award-winning firefighter, EMS, and industrial fire brigade training programs, is releasing three new titles in its Incident Command & Management (ICM) series. These titles include an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the development and expansion of the Incident Command System (ICS) at different types of incidents and an overview of the roles and responsibilities of Command Staff and General Staff at the scene. These three new titles expand upon the existing two titles in the series: Incident Safety Officer—Roles and Responsibilities and Incident Safety Officer—Incident Scene Safety.

For these titles, ATS used a variety of video resources including producing scenes ...

George SoupATS Wednesdays: Soup for You!

As much as we love being based here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the cold and rainy winter months can be a struggle for anyone living here. As we make the transition into spring, we can't help but reflect on a tradition that's kept our office warm and vibrant through an otherwise trying season, a tradition that's already practiced in firehouses across the country: Shared meals!

Every Wednesday, members of our staff take turns cooking up a personal home soup recipe to share with the office. It gives us a chance to come together as a community, as well as a workplace, to share the time honored gift of warm, hearty ...

Interactive Online Fire & EMS Training

firetrainingWhy 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 onl...

Training is an essential part of any job. For emergency service workers, job competency is a matter of life or death. We take your job as a trainer seriously. That's why we're sharing these benefits of interactive online fire and EMS training: 

According to an article published by Mind Flash, there are many pros to on-line learning, a few are:

  • Convenient and immediate training: Because participants (can) have access to training from anywhere, instruction works around busy fire and emergency medical service schedules. 
  • Cost-effective: "Government ...

Aerial Image Oct 2015 smallAction Training Systems (ATS) is releasing a completely revised Aerial Apparatus: Driver/Operator training series. For the past eight months the production team has been working with over a dozen western Washington fire departments. With the support of these agencies ATS was able to produce all new video to illustrate the training objectives and safe operations of aerial apparatus.

In this 5-...