Welcome to FireRescue1 Training Day, providing company officers training ideas, resources and a downloadable schedule to help keep crews focused and interested on both bread-and-butter training evolutions and more varied and complex skillset development.
Your September 2021 lesson plan offers training ideas focused on extrication basics, 2-in/2-out, offensive vs. defensive tactics, aerial operations and more. Incorporate the supplied resources into weekly training, engage crews in training-focused discussions, and assign hands-on activities to keep crews busy.
Download the training calendar so you can print it up, tack it on the big board at the station, or distribute it among crewmembers so they know what training to expect for the month.
Week 1: Chew choice: TICs or knots
Week 1's crew choice is a continuation from August Week 5.
For your crew choice, choose between learning about the benefits and features of thermal imaging cameras and learning rope and knot skills. Review these resources and engage your crew.
Thermal imaging cameras
- Advancing the fire hose line with thermal imaging cameras
- How to buy thermal imaging cameras (eBook)
- Why thermal imaging cameras have become essential tools
Ropes and knot skills
- 7 knots you need to learn for NFPA 1001 skill sheet
- Ropes and knots: Test your knowledge
- How to tie a double bowline knot
Week 2: Fireground Fundamentals: VEIS
Vent-Enter-Isolate-Search (VEIS) is a fireground fundamental with which all members should be familiar.
Back to basics training
Senior Captain Chris DelBello offers a step-by-step procedure for conducting this essential operation, from the initial size-up through the entire search process.
Many will remember that VEIS for many years was just VES. So, once you’ve mastered full procedure, go deeper to understand the newest step in the process – Isolate.
The FireRescue1 Academy features the full-length courses “Ventilation,” “Forcible Entry” and “Search and Rescue” as well as Reality Training videos “Horizontal Ventilation,” “Vertical Ventilation” and “Primary Search,” and Fireground Flash Tip “Vent, Enter and Search.” Visit the FireRescue1 Academy to learn more and to schedule an online demo.
Week 3: Opioid Addiction and Treatment
With the opioid epidemic plaguing every corner of the country, fire service personnel are routinely being called upon to respond to opioid-related calls. Firefighters and chiefs alike must understand what this means for members’ growing responsibilities:
- Q&A: The fire department role in identifying and mitigating community hazards
- Community paramedicine could ease the opioid crisis
In the news
FireRescue1 has published countless news stories about opioid addiction, overdose and treatment. Follow the news to better understand the epidemic, programs to consider to serve your community, and how opioids are impacting first responders. Here are a few news items to discuss with your crew:
- Jacksonville overdose calls reach all-time high in 2020
- Substance abuse treatment program for first responders launches in Indianapolis
- Pittsburgh launches opioid overdose dashboard
- Ohio city FD program leaves naloxone kits with patients
Knowledge is power
Fire service researcher Dr. Sara Jahnke explores five reasons why firefighters are at an increased risk of opioid abuse, and Ben Thompson shares how to decontaminate a member following exposure
- Opioid addiction: The epidemic’s impact on firefighters
- How to decontaminate firefighter gear after a brush with fentanyl
Get equipped to respond
Download the free fentanyl protection and detection guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation.
WEEK 4: PPE Basics
While we’d like to believe that all firefighters have a solid understanding of PPE coming out of the academy, but supervisors can attest that some training is still required – and all firefighters should occasionally go through a refresher to ensure they are optimizing their PPE use.
Donning and doffing
Let’s start with the true basics – donning and doffing, not only for routine calls but also in the era of COVID-19.
- How to don and doff your hood
- Decon alley: 5 steps to doffing firefighter PPE before rehab
- Video: How to properly don and doff PPE on COVID-19 calls
PPE fit guide
WEEK 5: Lightweight building construction
Building construction basics
It's important to first understand the different types of building construction firefighters face:
- Know the enemy: Firefighters must understand the basics of building construction
- Building construction basics: Key terms firefighters need to know
In the news
Following the news about building collapses can help firefighters better identify structure types in their response area:
- Las Vegas grocery storefront collapses, 4 hurt
- Texas FF hospitalized after massive fire at construction site
Research in focus
UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute offers key research to help better understanding lightweight construction and the hazards posed to firefighters:
Put your knowledge to the test
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