The Fire Department Training Network
FDTN’s Associates Degree in Fireground Operations…
The official release of our Associates Degree in Fireground Operations is scheduled for April…it’s been a long time coming but will change the face of higher education in the fire service! Let’s face it…there really is only one way to Learn the Job…by Doing the Job!
Don’t forget…Join FDTN this month and receive a copy of our best-selling FireNote – Firefighter Survival – as our gift to you!
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FIRE TRAINING is FDTN’s no-nonsense monthly training magazine designed to get you thinking about an actual fire — today! That’s right, none of the extra fluff, just meat-and-potatoes firefighting like stretching and advancing, forcible entry, searching – and what it takes to be ready to perfom those skills when the tones go off.
In addition, Members also benefit from, and become a part of, the collective voice that is influencing today’s firefighting, fire training, and fireground strategy and tactics across the country. BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!
2013 FDTN Registration Now Open…
The Fire Department Training Network has released the 2013 calendar and registration is now open for 2013. If you haven’t made it to FDTN’s National Fire Training Academy then it’s time to mark your calendar, round up some friends, and make the trip. This year is sure to be even more exciting than last year.
In case you’re wondering what to expect:
Fireground search…remember the basics…find and control the fire and search for any victims. The only way to develop the skills is to practice them under realistic conditions. We’ve got a few spots left in October… Attend some realistic fireground training at the beginning of the month, and the haunted house at the end of the month!
Responding to a MAYDAY
Let’s face it, you never know when or how it will happen! In fact, when you least expect it — expect it. Responding as part of the RIT — to a known firefighter MAYDAY — will be one of the most stressful situations you’ll ever encounter as a firefighter. All previous training and preparation will be put to the test!
All members must be proficient with the skills used to search for and rescue a firefighter so they can focus on the bigger picture if an actual MAYDAY occurs.
This is what it’s all about, why you’ve done all the training and preparation. A firefighter is trapped, missing, disoriented, or has simply declared a MAYDAY with no additional information. When it happens it won’t be textbook. What’s important is that the RIT is deployed — immediately — to begin their search for the firefighter.
Where are you going? Who are you looking for? Where will you enter the building and begin the search? When the RIT is deployed it must get as much information as possible — LUNAR — and, combined with the previous information it has gathered, determine the best entry location. Once determined, the entry location should be announced — for Command, other members of the RIT who may have been performing proactive tasks, and additional RITs who will stage at the location awaiting further information. (more…)
Live Fire Training…
It seems to be happening more and more, injuries and deaths during live fire training. Not for nothing but most, if not all, of the injuries — AND ALL OF THE DEATHS — are preventable, period! The knee-jerk reaction that comes after any injury or death during a training session is always the same – suspend all training and in some cases discontinue it completely. That is not the answer.
You know the saying…Firemen are their own worst enemies. Nothing could be further from the truth as it relates to live fire training. Why do we constantly make things more difficult than they really are…and, more importantly, why are we adding to the LODD numbers while trying to teach firefighters how NOT to become a LODD?
It just doesn’t make any sense, light and fight fires that we don’t see on the street. Sure, we get some tough fires on the street but they usually go defensive in a relatively short period of time if we don’t get a handle on them and then we’re on the outside looking in. For the occasional tough interior firefight that we encounter there is some true street-experience to be gained. Those chances are few and far between. (more…)