The good news first. Fires in the United States are fewer in number and this number declines with welcome regularity. The moderating news on this front is that fewer fires means fewer opportunities for firefighters to gain experience under actual conditions. The only answer to this situation, as Captain Harris correctly notes, is a strategic focus on training that imparts real-world experiences for firefighters who, in the future, will encounter similar scenarios. In a time where real firefighting opportunities decrease, excellence in training, as well as alternative sources of live firefighting training, must increase.
“Our working fires are down. So how do we get the experience? Training. You train. You train the way you’re going to do it out on the street.” – David Harris
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Deputy Chief Tim Cowan
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Captain Rich Goddard
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Captain David Harris
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Deputy Chief Matt Tobia
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Chief Trisha Wolford
- Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Captain John Dixon