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Fire & EMS Instructor Training Tips

Providing quality Fire and EMS training starts with knowing how to engage students to maximize their learning experience. Here are some fire & EMS instructor training tips to keep in mind for your next session that will keep students engaged and help them learning what they need:

Stay current and updated

The people you're training likely already feel like expert and so naturally feel reluctant to sit through and engage in another training session. And if you're showing them the same slides and giving them the same information year after year, then their reluctance is arguably justified. Brush up your slides every session and included current events and updated resources so that trainees...

Online EMS Training


The Internet has changed the way we educate people. In the past it was required for classes to meet in person, and for materials to be physically present. Now, thanks to online training, everything can be done digitally. Materials ranging from training videos and lectures to text books and study guides can be stored in the cloud, and accessed from any device. Students can study from home, or from any satellite location, allowing for more flexible schedules. Tests and grading can be done virtually as well, making things easier on instructors as well as on students.

This isn't just a phenomenon for colleges either; EMS personnel can be trained this way, too.

Online EMS Tra...


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

Vehicle Extrication Training From Action Training Systems

One of the most common scenes emergency personnel will be called to are traffic accidents. There are tens of millions of traffic accidents every year in the U.S. alone according to the Census Bureau, and at least some of those accidents are going to result in someone trapped inside of a vehicle. That's why it's imperative that first responders know what to do in these time sensitive situations.

Vehicle Extrication Training From Action Training Systems

While there's no substitute for hands-on experience, high quality online training will prepare emergency responders for classroom training and ultimately for real life incidents. Id...

Online Fire Training That Turns Up The Heat

FireWhile it might not look like it, fire is all around us. From the pilot light in a water heater to the gas lines in an oven, we use it every day. The potential for fires to run out of control is also there, from electrical malfunctions to dropped cigarettes, it's possible that fires can consume homes, neighborhoods, and even forests.

That's why it's important for the next generation of firefighters to have cutting-edge insight into how to best put fires under their collective boot heels.

Online Fire Training

While raging fires mi...

Online learning is HOT and for a very good reason. Many departments and organizations around the world are turning to online training/learning as a way to decrease costs and improve the learners performance. Also, unlike a one-time classroom session, the online learning course is available to be accessed anywhere and can be reviewed a number of times to enhance the learners comprehension.

Many fire departments and EMS organizations are turning to online learning as a means to supplement their classroom training. Now, it is very important you understand that online training is not meant to replace hands on training, but simply be used as a tool to train students in addition to hands on and classroom learning. You can easily have your students login in from home and review or st...

We are proud to announce that we have recently been awarded Aurora awards for our new Infection Control & Prevention Series as well as our Vehicle Extrication series.

The Aurora Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets products, programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video. Entries have come from across the US, and abroad (such as Russia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Germany, Australia and Mexico).

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  1. Failure to read the program guidance

  2. Failure to take advantage of the help desk or the get ready guides
    Help Desk Phone number is 866.247.0960

  3. Failure to proof read your application, do not insert place holders in the application

  4. Inserting false numbers or inforation into your application. Make sure all info is correct
    You are responsible for all information in your grant, even if it is entered by a grant writer

  5. Be weary of template narratives. The reviewers want to hear "your" story.

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Do you need money for your fire training program?

Although the 2012 Grant period is not open yet, we wanted to get you thinking about and preparing for the upcoming year's AFG grant application period.

Below are a list of Top 10 Best Pratices as stated in the FEMA grant semiar at FDIC 2012

  1. Start preparing early & read the 2012 program guidance

  2. Align your departments “needs” assessment with current funding priorities

  3. Tell your departments story

  4. Read each question carefully, then answer the question

  5. Have the application read by someone else before submitting

  6. Submit your application befor...

“BURN” Documentary Spotlights Abandoned Building Controversy

The documentary that many believed would never be finished finally premiered this week.

BURN: One Year on the Front Lines of the Battle to Save Detroit first premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Tuesday with more film dates scheduled throughout the week.

The newest trailer for the documentary recently played at FDIC, where Director/Producers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez lea...