This week the Firefighter Training Podcast remembers the Worcester 6 from December 3, 1999.
I am not sure there is one, but as each day moves along I believe that like a loaf or bread and a gallon of milk our training may have an expiration date.
I saw some stuff this week on social media and there was discussion that related to a major urban fire department and some techniques and tactics from the early 1980s. As I reviewed the document i read each line carefully and I began to wonder a couple of things: As a Chief and an IC would I use these tactics and techniques tomorrow?
As an instructor could I teach these techniques tomorrow to a small suburban department anywhere in the US and Canada. the answer in both cases was no. Then I thought back on my career and my initial training and I will admit I was taught these things, I had done these things and in fact as an instructor I had taught these things in the classroom and in acquired structures and live burns.
It gave me pause and I hope this post gives you pause also.
I think about some of the ridiculous (now) techniques I learned in Advanced First Aid and my first EMT class in the mid 1970s. I would be sued, beaten and arrested if I tried to perform those tactics today.
You see we do not do EMS like that anymore. (Thankfully)
I started to think about all facets of my training. The first DOT guidebook I used said to evacuate about 1500 feet from a burning propane tank. Now that distance is over a half a mile away.
I thought about using 3/4 inch booster lines in buildings and how to use a cooper hose jacket (Look it up) and a 2 1/2″ hose clamp.
You see the more I thought the more I realized that some of my training had expired.
Now that I know that I have to adjust my training I seek out and the training I deliver to make sure it is fresh…..
If you rely on training that has expired, it might not be the only thing that expires.
Think about it.
This week on 60 Second Safety we talk about mental health issues.