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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

Avoiding the Pitfalls of “Perfect-World Scenario” Fire Department Training

Published on December 3, 2021

Avoiding the Pitfalls of “Perfect-World Scenario” Fire Department Training
In a November article for Fire Engineering, Burlington (NC) Fire Department battalion chief Paul Watlington sang the praises—and spoke to the brain-bending complexities—of pump operations. It isn’t just that each department has a unique mix of equipment. And it’s not only that new equipment and apparatuses enter the market, altering some of the fundamentals underlying … Continued

Military Simulation Training Exercise Held At Camp Lejeune

Published on November 8, 2021

Military Simulation Training Exercise Held At Camp Lejeune
Michael Stewart, a training equipment specialist, spoke to the significance of the technological advancements the military base has. He pointed out how the simulation training center has capabilities for marines to experience simulation training in convoys as well as 12 other marine vehicle trainings. “The benefits are immeasurable. We get the marines in here — … Continued

Using Your EMS Simulation to Train Your Policy

Published on October 15, 2021

Using Your EMS Simulation to Train Your Policy
In a recent article in EMS World Barry Bachenheimer (EDD, FF/EMT) wrote about how the first 60 seconds of a call—and the impression you make on the people at the scene—has an enormous impact on how that call will proceed. “A professional appearance,” Bachenheimer writes, “inspires confidence. If you have pride in your look, it … Continued

Swappable Panels for Public Transport Simulation Training

Published on October 8, 2021

Swappable Panels for Public Transport Simulation Training
As we’ve discussed in the past, one key to the effectiveness of public transport simulation training is “presence“—i.e., the trainee’s convincing subjective experience of being in an actual vehicle. As Rob Raheb (an internationally published author and expert in simulation and driver training) has noted: “The more realistic the simulation is, the more ‘buy in’ … Continued

Stress Inoculation, Use-of-Force Training, and “Deescalation Behind the Wheel”

Published on July 28, 2021

Stress Inoculation, Use-of-Force Training, and “Deescalation Behind the Wheel”
  An increasing number of law enforcement agencies are engaging in increasingly lively discussions around use-of-force training. These are extremely important conversations—often difficult, always complex. Part of the challenge is that use-of-force training is a hot-button topic. But a good deal of complexity arises from the simple fact that it’s hard to have a national … Continued

EMS Simulation and “Teaching with Your Hands Behind Your Back”

Published on July 21, 2021

EMS Simulation and “Teaching with Your Hands Behind Your Back”
  In a recent post on EMS World, Rommie L. Duckworth, LP reminded EMT instructors that “telling isn’t teaching … for students to be able to perform as emergency medical providers, they must be able to make their own connections with the course material.” This requires a student-centered approach. Ambulance simulators and EMS simulation, in … Continued

The Physiology of Situational Awareness Training

Published on July 16, 2021

The Physiology of Situational Awareness Training
  As a practical matter, use-of-force training and situational awareness training must go hand in hand. We regularly ask officers to quickly assess a chaotic situation and then apply only the “amount of effort required … to compel compliance by an unwilling subject” (according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police). That’s not just … Continued

Using Fire and EMS Simulation Training to Address the Emergency Responder Shortage

Published on June 28, 2021

Using Fire and EMS Simulation Training to Address the Emergency Responder Shortage
  Firefighters are expecting 2021 to be a record-breaking year for building and wildfires. But fire teams are shorthanded and overworked nationwide. This isn’t just about the increasing length and intensity of the wildfire season—nor is it about COVID. Both play a role, but it’s one of intensifying an existing problem: We are an aging … Continued

Simulation Training Technology: Three Questions to Ask Before Buying a Bus Sim

Published on June 1, 2021

Simulation Training Technology: Three Questions to Ask Before Buying a Bus Sim
  Investing in simulation training technology is serious business. For many agencies, this is a “once-in-a-lifetime” purchase—especially if stakeholders cannot easily see a clear return on the investment.  A poor start can leave a training program floundering for years. Asking these three questions before you begin weighing your options is an important step in building … Continued
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