Treat fireground training like a buffet table

Beaver Lane Fire & Rescue Chief Toranze Lee instructs firefighter trainees.

Beaver Lane Fire & Rescue Chief Toranze Lee likens firefighting training to a buffet table, capping off this six-week Heavy Lifting and Stabilization Training series.

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“Make sure our extrication is patient driven and not ego driven.”

INSTRUCTOR TIPS

Make sure our extrication is patient driven and not ego driven.

Just because you do something all the time a certain way doesn’t mean its the best thing to do on certain calls.

The biggest thing is when we’re teaching, especially about the vehicle movement side of things, take it back to the chief. It doesn’t do us any good to come out here and train here in train. If we don’t take it back to our chiefs or we’ll get on that call. And, hey, we need to build this vehicle. Once they see us do it out in training, it’s going to be a lot easier for them to accept when we’re out here in the streets.

That’s one of the biggest thing that we try to hear that and take it back home if you like it, if you don’t like it, it’s not going to hurt our feelings.

“Everything we teach, use it as a buffet table. We all know we go to the buffet bar, ‘Hey I want to try this. I want to try that.’ If I don’t want to try that, I leave it at the table.”

INSTRUCTOR TIPS

Just like everything we teach we teach it as, use it as a buffet table. We all know we go to the buffet bar, ‘Hey I want to try this. I want to try that.’ If I don’t want to try that, I leave is at the table.

If you don’t like something you’ve seen today, don’t use it. Don’t take it back. Use what you like. You’d better like everything. I mean…

Let’s let it down and you guys, let us kinda get back out of the way. They’ll set this down and do the whole thing over.

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