by Howard A. Chatterton, Firefighter/ EMT, Bowie (MD) Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, and Field Instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
Training is about learning new skills and certifying the ability to perform them to a given standard. Section 1 begins with a one-year outline for training officers. Section 2 follows with a table of listings for each outline given in the book, indicating whether the drill is inside or outside and the preparation time needed for it. Section 3 consists of general guidelines for the training officer on how to conduct drills in a safe but effective manner. Section 4 contains the outlines of the various drills that should be conducted. They can be customized and altered, but the basic concept will provide you with a solid place to start. The safety of the members is paramount. Follow all safety precautions and conduct the drills in accordance with standards and company policies.
• Planning your drill program • Table of drills • Guidelines for the training officer: Drill safety officer’s checklist • Drill outlines: Driver proficiency • Ropes and knots • Roof operations • Ground ladders • Rescue by ladder • Preplans • Physical fitness I • Physical fitness II • SCBA I • SCBA II • Explosive devices • Arson investigation • CPR/AED • Forcible entry • Hose handling I • Pipeline emergencies • Electric utility emergencies • Hose testing • Vehicle extrication • Foam hoselines • Elevated stream operations • Engine company evolutions • Residential fires SOP—combined evolutions • Advancing hoselines by ladder • Drowning response • Swimming accidents • Area familiarization • Apparatus and equipment • Ventilation • High-rise response • Multiple-casualty incidents • Haz-mat operations with multiple casualties • Railroad emergencies • Military aircraft emergencies • Hose handling II • Forcible entry—through-the-lock methods • Medevac helicopter operations • Burns • Fractures • Soft tissue and penetrating wounds • Cold weather emergencies • Hot weather emergencies