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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

Bus Driver Training Tips: Using “Sim Buddies” to Nip “Motion Discomfort” in the Bud

Published on December 10, 2021

Bus Driver Training Tips: Using “Sim Buddies” to Nip “Motion Discomfort” in the Bud
We all know that the instructor plays a crucial role in maximizing the impact (and minimizing the discomfort) of any bus driver training program. That role starts with building the curriculum, designing the exercises and driving scenarios, and giving lectures. But it continues throughout each exercise, where the instructor can continually engage (and re-engage) individual … 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

Easing Operators into Public Transport Simulation Training: Tips from Dennis Hershberger of MTA Flint

Published on November 19, 2021

Easing Operators into Public Transport Simulation Training: Tips from Dennis Hershberger of MTA Flint
Transit operators—especially senior operators—are notoriously hesitant to dive into public transport simulation training. The culprit: anxiety over simulator sickness. MTA Flint training instructor Dennis Hershberger is extremely familiar with those worries. Over his nearly two decades of experience using public transport simulation to train operators, he has almost certainly tried every trick in the book … 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

Taking EMS Simulation Beyond Dummies and Manikins

Published on October 1, 2021

Taking EMS Simulation Beyond Dummies and Manikins
As Jennifer McCarthy (MAS, NRP, CHSE-A) noted in a recent post to EMS World, “Paramedicine is one of few health professions that utilizes simulation as part of its initial licensing process.” According to McCarthy, EMS simulation has clearly demonstrated that “evidence-based simulation activities [promote] identification of error-producing practices.” That, in turn, creates “a safe learning … Continued
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