[IPAC-List] How is reading material used in training fire recruits, nationwide?

Blair, Michael D Michael.D.Blair at CenturyLink.com
Thu May 27 13:14:38 EDT 2010

Joel -

I left public sector consulting in Sep. 2006. Prior to that, I worked extensively with Fire Departments all across the country. Every department I worked with required new recruits to read printed materials (typically Essentials of Firefighting, a few other texts, as well as local policies, codes, etc.) and pass written tests on the content as part of their academy training.

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Subject: [IPAC-List] How is reading material used in training fire recruits, nationwide?

Many years ago I visited a large Fire Department Training Academy and was told that they, basically, had dispensed with written training materials, relying instead on oral and hands-on presentations of the information and related hands-on practice.

Can any one tell me if this is the case nowadays in any large Fire Departments?

On the other hand, are there large FDs that require fire recruits to learn material from a written text without associated lecture and hands-on presentations and practice?



Joel P. Wiesen, Ph.D., Director
Applied Personnel Research
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