Deciding on what to train for takes a bit of educated guessing. We have so many things that need to be done from live fire exercises to patient packaging. With our limited training schedule we can only do so many things during the course of our training calendar making the choice of what to do next even more difficult.
We set a calendar of training at the beginning of the year but it is more of a guideline than a rule. New information or training opportunities come up all the time. We must be flexible enough to take advantage of the opportunities presented and smart enough to incorporate new information and technologies into our training exercises.
As we move though the year, we will add to our training load but only to the benefit of our staff. We will cover the basics and then present other opportunities for training outside our events like the IFSI fire college coming up in June. It is up to our firefighters to look at these extra chances to train as their opportunity to benefit the department and community by gaining knowledge that might otherwise be available to them. And then bring that information back to the department and share it with everyone else. By doing so, everyone can take advantage of these excellent training resources.
Lt. David Kramer is the Training Officers for Northern Piatt County Fire Protection District. Lt. Kramer heavily promotes education in the fire service, attending every training opportunity possible and then passing that information on to the members of his own department.