Flip Your Training

FLIPPED FIRE TRAINING HEADERHere’s a great explanation and definition of the concept of “flipping the classroom” from — ever so appropriately — FlippedFireTraining.com.

This site is a perfect complement to TrainYourReplacement.com and our theme of “Where the Student-to-Instructor Ratio is Always 1:1!” and is written in partnership with my good friend Jason Hoevelmann of “A Firefighter’s Own Worst Enemy” fame!


Safe Stories

My good friend and brother firefighter Angelo Rizzuto is a RuntotheCurb.com kid and a great storyteller.
My good friend and brother firefighter Angelo Rizzuto is a RuntotheCurb.com kid and a great storyteller.

I’m not sure there’s anyone more focused on the importance of storytelling in the fire service than we are (especially as a means of training our replacements) — but “How stories make firefighting safer” by my good friend Chief Tom LaBelle  is a great refresher and reinforcement of this concept.

Read his story on the importance of storytelling at FireRescue1.com.

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Lost in Cyber-Space

FireTrainingToolboxAre you a new training officer or instructor in need of training resources and you’re just not sure where to start? Are you lost in cyberspace?

Much of our challenge as trainers revolves around our ability or inability to navigate the vast spanses of the Internet to find the resources we’re looking for. The pendulum has swung from relying on the trickle-down method of communicating and sharing resources, to the now bigger challenge of sorting through all the web-available resources and quickly determining what’s legit and relevant to the needs of your organization. Continue reading “Lost in Cyber-Space”

Understanding Your Audience

As we, the “more experienced” of the fire service are challenged with understanding and connecting with today’s firefighters — we look for resources to provide insight into those who we will someday leave the fire service to.

This post from FireRECRUITER.com offers perspective and resources as to how we make the best of our interactions with this Xbox generation of firefighters.

Check it out. Discuss it here.

ISFSI Aims High with Instructor Credentialing

The International Society of Fire Service Instructors has embarked on an ambitious credentialing program designed to provide instructors a direct pathway to develop and advance as professional educators and will bridge the gap between fire service professional development, the professional credentialing of instructors, and the accreditation of emerging training curriculum and eLearning platforms and programs.

Candidates submit a portfolio representing their combination of life experience, education, and training, to be reviewed by a council of esteemed fire service and education professionals. This council is empowered by the ISFSI Board of Directors to award the appropriate professional credentials based on the determined guidelines and criteria. A credential is valid for three (3) years at which time the credentialed instructor must renew their certification.

Click for complete details and the application guide: http://www.isfsi.org/Programs/Professional%20Credential.aspx

It’s Always Sunny in South Dakota

Ok, maybe that’s not completely accurate but nonetheless, Paul Hasenmeier and I thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with the good folks who participated in “Generations Unplugged” at the South Dakota Fire Instructors Conference in Pierre January 14 & 15, 2012.

And, as promised, here are links to some of the resources we discussed. As we challenged the participants during and at the conclusion of the class, armed with all this new information and thought processes, the only remaining question is: “Whaddayougonnadoaboutit?” (Sorry, that’s the best New Jersey accent I could put in writing.)

Keep the conversation going. We’d love to share your feedback. Continue reading “It’s Always Sunny in South Dakota”

Today’s Teachable Moment-2012.1.11

Today’s teachable moments include reference articles from our primary contributors Tiger Schmittendorf and Paul Hasenmeier as our initial contributions to the framework of this new site:

1/11/12 – Generation Flux – Fast Company Magazine article sourced by Tiger Schmittendorf

1/11/12 – From the Xbox to the Box AlarmTiger Schmittendorf

1/11/12 – Video on how to make a balloon dog – social media instruction: http://paulhasenmeier.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/social-media-instruction/ – Paul Hasenmeier

1/11/12 – Article: Evaluation strategies for mentors, instructors, and officers: http://paulhasenmeier.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/canadian-fire-chiefs-12-09.pdf – Paul Hasenmeier Continue reading “Today’s Teachable Moment-2012.1.11”

Instructor | Instructor

With a target audience of formal and informal instructors, coaches and mentors in the fire service — Train Your Replacement [TYR] is designed to be a collection of resources and facilitated conversation based on two simple premises:

  1. For many of us, myself included, it took too long into our careers to realize that we’ve only ever really had one job in the first place: to train our replacements. (insert admission of guilt here…)
  2. The earlier and more often we instill the TYR attitude in today’s recruits, the longer and more successful careers they’ll have – and the richer and fuller experiences we’ll enjoy as the passers of the baton. (That’s Paul Hasenmeier’s phrase).

Continue reading “Instructor | Instructor”