Fire service professionals face a litany of challenges across countless aspects of their day-to-day operations. Ensuring consistent compliance with policies and procedures is a must to increase safety, reduce risk and improve professionalism. This year’s training topics for the fire service were led by three key areas of risk: general operations, equipment and technology, and personnel. General operations and personnel have consistently topped our training topics list, while equipment and technology is a new front-runner as changing tech brings new risks and requires targeted training.
Agencies using Lexipol’s Daily Training Bulletin (DTB) program for fire departments had access to 120 unique policy-based firefighter training bulletins last year, ranging from topics such as fireground accountability and scene preservation to performance evaluations and vehicle inspections and maintenance. An end-of-year summary report organizes the training topics into 11 main categories and 87 subtopics.
DTBs use a proven system of solid, realistic, ongoing and verifiable training to expose firefighters to their department’s policies and procedures, improving their real-world decision making. These concise, scenario-based lessons are authored by Lexipol’s Fire Content Team and enhance firefighter understanding and retention of policies.
“The fire team is composed of current and former fire department instructors and senior line officers, so we benefit from a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience in developing the training bulletins,” says Scott Eskwitt, Lexipol’s Director of Fire Content. “We design the lessons with specific agency policies in mind to drive value and relevance for our customers.”
Access the complete list of 2020 firefighter training topics.