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Safely Train to Fight Wildland Fires

Published on February 7, 2023

Safely Train to Fight Wildland Fires
Wildland fires are becoming more frequent and more severe. For example, the eight largest wildfires in California history all happened in the last five years. In that time, wildland fires burned 10+ million acres in the state, killed hundreds of Californians, and destroyed at least 32,000 homes. As a nation, we are desperately short of … Continued

Minimize the Risks of Training Firefighter for Hazmat Emergencies

Published on January 10, 2023

Minimize the Risks of Training Firefighter for Hazmat Emergencies
  In one week of August 2022 alone, three dangerous petrochemical fires raged all around North America and brought attention to the serious challenges facing first responders fighting hazmat accidents, spills, and crimes—not to mention the ordinary incidents arising from the prevalence of everyday hazardous materials in industry and our communities.  On August 6, a … Continued

Fire Department Training: Is the Training Ground Too Safe?

Published on October 20, 2022

Fire Department Training: Is the Training Ground Too Safe?
William Greenwood has been in fire services for more than twenty-seven years. As Chief of Warwick, RI’s T.F. Green International Airport Fire Department and Senior Staff Instructor New Hampshire Fire Academy, he thinks a lot about the way that stress affects performance—and he has bad news. Stress can have such a big impact that it … Continued

Using Immersive Simulation in Vehicular Use-of-Force Training

Published on October 18, 2022

Last year vehicular use-of-force by law enforcement was again in the news after an Arkansas state trooper hit a pregnant woman’s car to enforce a traffic stop. This flipped the vehicle: The inciting incident? The motorist was driving 84mph in a 70mph zone and took more than 2 minutes to pull over. Public outcry followed. … Continued

Combining the Training Ground and Simulation for Comprehensive Cold-Weather Fire Department Training

Published on October 6, 2022

Combining the Training Ground and Simulation for Comprehensive Cold-Weather Fire Department Training
  Last winter Jim Vaughn (battalion chief with the Normal, IL, Fire Department and Field Staff Instructor and Regional Representative for the Illinois Fire Service Institute) discussed cold-weather fire department training for an article for Firehouse magazine. Vaughn stressed that “Although a large part of North America sees freezing temperatures, departments that are located in … Continued

Addressing the Risks (and Cost) of Firefighting Foam Training

Published on August 15, 2022

Addressing the Risks (and Cost) of Firefighting Foam Training
  Firefighting foams are essential tools for fighting fires, making firefighter foam training essential to every fire brigade. When it comes to particularly hard to extinguish fires, like those whose source includes flammable liquids and/or petroleum (i.e., Class B fires), aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) is still the recommended option where lives or critical infrastructure are … Continued

Using Simulation Training Technology to Embrace the “Safe System Approach”

Published on April 8, 2022

Using Simulation Training Technology to Embrace the “Safe System Approach”
U.S. traffic fatalities have climbed throughout the pandemic, despite 30 years of steady declines. Early this year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that in just the first nine months of 2021 traffic fatalities increased 12%. That’s the largest such jump in fatalities since 1975. In total, 31,720 people died in traffic accidents … Continued

Public Transport Simulation Training Technology for Situational Awareness

Published on February 18, 2022

Fights on the bus. Verbal harassment and assault. A bus window smashed with a hurled rock. These aren’t new problems, nor unique to Detroit and other major urban hubs. But the tight labor market and high-stress/high-stakes nature of operating public transit in a COVID context has helped the rest of the world sit up and … Continued

“Buying the Bus is the Easy Part” EV/ZEB Bus Driver Training Challenges

Published on January 28, 2022

“Buying the Bus is the Easy Part” EV/ZEB Bus Driver Training Challenges
Given the realities of climate change and energy production, we are moving to a ZEB (zero-emissions bus) world sooner than later and not looking back. As more agencies explore what it will take to transition their fleet, they’re beginning to appreciate that, as one European transit agency recently put it, “buying the [zero-emissions] bus is … Continued

Fire Department Training for Pump and Water Pressure Failure

Published on December 17, 2021

Fire Department Training for Pump and Water Pressure Failure
Back in 2011, Noel Maitland (at that time lieutenant and 15-year veteran with the FDNY) wrote an excellent fire department training op-ed for Fire Engineering. Maitland recalled: “I had an officer who taught me to always test the hydrant on a fire run, even if it’s for one of those annoying automatic alarms that always … Continued
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