Live fire training: One of the most valuable training methods a firefighter can receive, but also among the most dangerous.
Let’s be realistic, there is no “safe” way to train with live fire. Even in a controlled environment, you’re still working with the same conflagrated element you put it all on the line for to fight every single day. A new webinar sponsored by TargetSolutions and released by FireEngineering.com entitled NFPA® 1403: The Fire Instructor’s Risk Management Tool provides an in-depth exploration of the NFPA® 1403 live fire training standard and how it can safely help your fire battalion during live burn training.
Presented by Chief Walter Morris of the Jefferson Fire Department (Maine) and Training Program Manager with the Maine Fire Service Institute, this hour-long webinar discussed the history, needs, and benefits of NFPA® 1403 and presented them through a collection of real-world case studies.
For Morris, the NFPA® 1403 live fire training standard is just one of many tools in the fire instructor’s toolbox.
“All of us in fire emergency services are continuously being asked to do more with less,” said Morris. “Department shortfalls, cutbacks, brownouts, reduced staffing and companies and unfortunately as many of us who are in the training business know, training is probably one of the first areas to get cut and see reductions in support while we face tough economic times.
“But we all know as fire service instructors that a good solid comprehensive training program is absolutely essential to successfully complete our mission.”
The history of NFPA® 1403 dates back to an incident in Boulder, Colo. in 1982 where two firefighters died and a third suffered severe burn wounds during a training incident.
Companies were undergoing search-and-rescue evolutions in an engulfed acquired structure when a flashover occurred. Although the companies had been directed to focus on locating the objects of their search rather than extinguishing the fire, the subsequent investigation revealed a number of troubling fallacies, including inadequate hose streams, combustible materials, and a general lack of safety procedures.
As a result of this tragedy, the first edition of NFPA® 1403 was issued in 1986 and is revised every five years (2012 is the current edition).
TargetSolutions offers an NFPA® 1403 online training course that identifies the risks of live-burn training, discusses the importance of pre-burn planning, and emphasizes safety during live burn evolutions.
Click the button above to register for a viewing of the pre-recorded webinar. To learn more about NFPA® 1403 and how TargetSolutions can help, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.