Fire Service Instructor

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Written specifically for the fire service, this book features educational theory that is presented in a practical manner.  Whether you’re an aspiring instructor or have been teaching for years, it will provide you with the background, knowledge and tools you need to become an informed instructor.  Ideas for developing your own curriculum. Case studies and real-life examples taken from the author’s own experience as an instructor in the fire service. Easily accessible resources, including contact information for national and international fire associations, professional organizations, periodicals, and internet links. Fire Service professionals.

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It has amazed me how we thrust firefighters into a teaching role just because they are good at fighting fire or extricating individuals from vehicles. Just because an individual is good at performing a skill or is extremely knowledgeable on the subject does not make them a teacher. In many cases the opposite may be true.

As I have progressed through my career, I have had a real desire to teach. There were many times that I felt personally responsible for the failure of my students. In many cases this may have been true, but I did not want to settle for being just an okay instructor and wondering if I could have done something better or different.

There are a number of instructor courses that teach you to instruct their program but fail to give you some of the essential components of adult education and techniques for teaching in a truly educational realm. My desire to be a better instructor took me back to the educational setting to earn a master's degree and then a doctoral degree. I by no means advocate that every instructor has to earn a graduate degree; therefore, it is my intent to share with fire service instructors a solid foundation in education theory and experience. It is my sincere hope and desire that those instructors who read this book do not make the same mistakes that I have made. This text includes information that I wish I had known before I began teaching.

Chapter 1 begins by discussing the role of the instructor. An instructor wears many hats and this chapter discusses many of these hats. Additionally, it is essential that instructors are ethical in their dealings in the classroom and with their students. This chapter also discusses discipline, and safety during training.

Chapter 2 gets into the methodologies of instruction. This chapter deals with the art of teaching and the characteristics of learners. Chapter 3 continues with learning theories. Many instructors will want to skim this chapter, but it gives the foundation of how students learn and enables instructors to be better prepared to teach the variety of students in their classrooms.

The classroom environment is critical to create the best situation for the student to learn. Chapter 4 covers classroom layout And design and how to create a conducive learning environment.

Chapter 5 gives the basics in regards to legal aspects. Instructors are not lawyers; however, there are some basic fundamental areas that are essential for the instructor to understand in the legal arena. This chapter gives a good overview, but it is important to always consult your legal department with any concerns.

Live fire training is becoming more difficult every year. Chapter 6 gives instructors the information they need to conduct a live fire burn. In addition, simulation is discussed for creating a live training session.

Testing and evaluation is many times a difficult subject. Chapter 7 gives the instructor a good foundation and an in-depth look at creating a reliable and valid test.

Chapter 8 provides the instructor with an overview of instructional media. Technology continues to evolve and it is important for instructors to stay current in the latest technology.

There are times when instructors may want to develop their own curriculum. Chapter 9 provides a solid foundation in the curriculum development process.

Depending on its size, instructors may have to not only instruct but run their training program. An entire text could be devoted to this subject.; however, Chapter 10 includes only the basics of organizing and running a training program.

An instructor needs to continually develop professionally. Chapter 11 gives an overview of some of the opportunities for professional growth along with the resources for these opportunities.

I sincerely hope you gain knowledge and insight from this text. With luck, it will help you avoid some common mistakes. To me, there is nothing more rewarding than teaching: Both education and training are an important part of my life. I wish you the best of luck in your teaching career and challenge each of you to be the best instructor you can be. It is a great way to make a difference in someone's life!

Good luck!
Jeffrey Lindsey

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