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1. “Show n Tell” Create a jar that contains several items from apparatus at you’re station.  This jar will be used multiple times throughout the year, so make sure you place several pieces of equipment in the jar.  To complete the activity, the contestant pulls a slip from the jar and has 3 minutes to tell everything they know about the item, such as uses, technical specs, safety concerns etc…  Everyone picks a different slip and completes the activity.  The crew will then vote on the winner for this round.  Prizes can be awarded such as free meal for that person or no dishes etc….

2. “Best Call Ever”  This is an activity that allows one member to share what they feel is the best call they have ever been involved in.  There are really no rules to this activity, and the purpose is to share in this persons success.  We often times don’t get to to talk about the things we do well.  This intimate  setting of other crew members will allow for this discussion to be had, and understood in context.  The activity will usually produce great storytelling, along with many tactical details that can be of great value to others as well.  This is usually an activity that is best done by one person on a given day so that one call doesn’t one up another call.

3. “What Would You Take” This activity consists of the company officer giving a scenario to his / her crew such as “You are responding as first due to a high rise fire on the 15th floor, this is confirmed fire in the apartment.  With the exception of the high rise hose and appliances, and you’re PPE, what 7 items would you take with you and why?”  Have the members write down the list of personal items they would take, and then label them 1-7 with 1 being highest value and 7 being lowest”  The items might be things like flashlights, pike poles, irons, water can, attic ladder, wedges, door chalks, etc… Let everyone discuss why they would bring what they listed, and as a group come up with the 5 things they would for sure bring as a crew.  [click to continue…]

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Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 10.30.20 PMCDC / NIOSH Line of Duty Death Reports

When looking for Line of Duty Death Reports the first stop should be the CDC / NIOSH website located at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/. These reports can prove to be invaluable for training officers and instructors who want to create high quality, targeted training.  Reports are released within 6-12 months after the incident in most cases.  These reports consist of event details, contributing factors, along with demographic information of the department & detailed scene photos.

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There is great value in learning about near miss incidents that other agencies have had.  The national near miss reporting system can be found at http://www.firefighternearmiss.com .  The reports here are organized by type of incident, using categories and tags.  There is also a nice feature on the site that allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds of any category on the site, so as an example you can request to be notified whenever there is a “technical rescue” near miss, or any other specific category.

 

Creating Interactive Training for You’re Members

1. Create interactive video lessons based on the details of the LODD / Near Miss reports.

2. Create quizzes to verify student understanding of the base material.

3. Create a list of discussion questions that will encourage engagement of crews (Lead by Company Officer).

4. Members evaluate still alarm area for structures or neighborhoods that contain similar structures.

5. Members suggest and training or policy changes that may need to be re-evaluated for updates.

6. Members participate in targeted hands on training related to the events from the incident report.

 

Line of Duty Death, and Near Miss Reports are a great tool for you to utilize when training you’re members, and provide a wonderful way to incorporate current fire scene and event situations into your training.  Do more than just pick a report and hand it out… You need to make this training engaging and interactive so that the intended message is retained by all members.

 

Online Group Training Program

If you are interested in creating a successful “Flipped Training Program” at your department, this course is for you.  During this highly interactive 4 week online training program, I walk you step by step through all of the skills you will need to create you’re own program.  This program also provided unlimited access, and consulting for your individual situation during the entire 4 weeks of the program.  You can get more information about the next session starting on January 5th, 2015 by Clicking This Link.

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Interview with Ryan Pennington trans logo

Many firefighters have a message they are passionate about, but don’t know where to start with getting that message heard.  In today’s episode of the Modern Fire Instructor Podcast, I discuss this issues with Ryan Pennington.  Ryan is a nationally known speaker, and an authority on fighting fires in homes with hoarding conditions.  Ryan shares 5 tips for getting your message on the road.  He lays a out a plan to help you get your message out to the fire service, and begin to speak on a national level.

Online Group Training Program

If you are interested in creating a successful “Flipped Training Program” at your department, this course is for you.  During this highly interactive 4 week online training program, I walk you step by step through all of the skills you will need to create you’re own program.  This program also provided unlimited access, and consulting for your individual situation during the entire 4 weeks of the program.  You can get more information about the next session starting on January 5th, 2015 by Clicking This Link.

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MFI Episode 22: My 5 Step Presentation Design Workflow

by Frank Lipski on November 26, 2014

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Instructor Tool of the Week – IFSTA Apps

This week’s instructor tool is the IFSTA Apps available on the app store. The IFSTA Apps available on various subjects are available for both Apple iOS, and Android devices. The applications will allow your students to review and study for many of the topics that are covered within the IFSTA curriculum. The use of these applications can be a great way to provide your students with additional resources to learn and review the material you present.  You can see all of the available apps by Clicking This Link.

My 5 Step Presentation Design Workflow

In this episode I discuss my 5 step method for creating great presentations for your classroom, conference presentation or video lesson. In today’s fire service we are called as instructors to provide training in many different venus, and often using different delivery methods. With this 5 step plan, you are sure to give a high quality presentation at your next session.

Online Group Training Program

If you are interested in creating a successful “Flipped Training Program” at your department, this course is for you.  During this highly interactive 4 week online training program, I walk you step by step through all of the skills you will need to create you’re own program.  This program also provided unlimited access, and consulting for your individual situation during the entire 4 weeks of the program.  You can get more information about the next session starting on January 5th, 2015 by Clicking This Link.

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MFI Episode 21: Create Video Training Content on Mobile Devices with the “Explain Everything” App

November 20, 2014

Create Amazing Video Training for you’re Flipped Classroom with Explain Everything In this episode I cover my go to application for creating video based lessons using my iPad.  Explain Everything is an app that has been in the app store for over 3 years.  They are dedicated to bringing the best video lecture creation tool […]

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MFI 20: My 2 Must Have Tools to Create Amazing Presentations & Image Graphics

October 22, 2014

Create amazing visual presentations with ease using Haiku Deck Those of you who have been following my page for a while know that I am not a fan of bullet points in a presentation, and I am always looking for ways to make instructors more creative when it comes to presentation design.  Well this is my […]

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