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Fire Departments Receive Life Support Grant for Award Winning Training Programs from Action Training Systems

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Tue, June 17, 2014 @ 10:32AM

Seven Upper Kittitas County, Washington fire departments recently received fire training grants from Life Support to purchase interactive video training courses delivered in the all new online platform from Action Training Systems (ATS). These programs are a valuable instructor resource used to make training more accessible for their volunteers and make their classroom and hands on training more effective.

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Since its inception in August 1999, Life Support has worked diligently to raise funds to improve the Emergency Medical Services and Health Care of Upper Kittitas County and surrounding communities. Life Support, which began with five community members, has since grown to over 30 dedicated volunteers and is guided by an elite Board of Directors.

With budgets being cut, many departments and emergency response organizations are left with little or no money to purchase the quality training they desperately need. Life Support and ATS are teaming up to offer a convenient and affordable solution to provide that training.

With the new ATS Online, students are able to access interactive video courses from any PC or Mac with a decent internet connection, from any location, 24/7. Student activity and test scores are automatically recorded and the training records are accessible by instructors from any computer. Reports can be automatically emailed to key department personnel or anyone else needing access to training information.

ATS has produced over 200 training programs for emergency response professionals. Now they are all available online as interactive video training courses or streaming videos. ATS training courses are designed not to replace hands-on training, but as another tool for instructors to incorporate into their training programs to support and enhance essential education.

“Customers view Action Training Systems as a company that has their best interest in mind,” said George Avila, CEO and founder of Action Training Systems. “We know how important meaningful training is in the emergency response community and we will always strive to meet or exceed their needs.

Instructors worldwide, from South Korea to Saskatchewan, find the quality of ATS standards-based, competency-driven training programs to be superior. Now with access to these learning resources from anywhere, anytime, ATS Online and Life Support are transforming both the instructor’s and students’ learning experience in Upper Kittitas County. High quality video training is no longer confined to their classroom environment.

Life Support founder and President Cheri Marusa states the Upper Kittitas County fire departments are excited about the opportunity to train with this world class learning platform.

"Training is the backbone for all fire fighters. The Fire Chiefs of Upper Kittitas County have shared with me that they are very happy to have ATS for their volunteers," says Marusa. “With ATS programs, students have shown increased competency in course content. Comprehension is essential to keeping both our firefighters and their communities safe and we will do everything in our power to train our students with that goal in mind.”

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Winners Announced in the ATS/NVFC $250K FireTraining Giveaway

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Tue, June 17, 2014 @ 08:44AM

Action Training Systems (ATS) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the 50 winners of the 2014 ATS/NVFC $250K Training Giveaway. The announcement comes during International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week, which this year focuses on the importance of all personnel receiving adequate training with the theme of “Train Like You Fight.”

The 50 winning departments will each receive a one-year subscription for 20 learners and one administrator to the Essentials of Fire Fighting series via the ATS Online Learning Management System. This totals nearly $250,000 worth of online training. The series contains 33 interactive courses, streaming video, and PowerPoints to teach Firefighter I and II skills and prerequisite knowledge. Essentials of Fire Fighting teaches to the current NFPA 1001 standards and can be used as a training resource to simplify technical knowledge and reinforce training objectives. The department administrator can track the progress of up to 20 students through the program. All applicants also receive a 10% discount off of any ATS training program.

“We are pleased to partner with ATS to help these 50 volunteer departments get essential training that they otherwise were unable to afford for their personnel,” said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. “We received hundreds of applications, demonstrating the critical need for this type of program. We thank ATS for recognizing this need and making the commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of these departments through this training giveaway.”

“I would like to personally congratulate the recipients of the 2014 ATS/NVFC Training Giveaway and also thank the NVFC for their support throughout this program,” said Action Training Systems President George A. Avila Jr. “I would also like to recognize the men and women of the volunteer fire service for their commitment and sacrifice to their respective communities. The volunteer fire service has a long history of contributing to the public safety of their communities across the country, and it is essential that each member has adequate training resources to ensure their safety and the safety of their community. ”

To be eligible, departments had to be all or mostly volunteer, serve a population of 25,000 or less, be legally organized within one of the 50 U.S. states, and demonstrate a true need for the training that they could not meet on their own. Over 500 departments applied for the giveaway. A total of 50 winning departments were selected, representing 48 states.

The recipients of the 2014 ATS Training Giveaway are as follows:

  • Alabama - Boldo Volunteer Fire and Rescue
  • Alabama - Dixons Mills Volunteer Fire Department
  • Alaska - Klawock Volunteer Fire Department
  • Arizona - Happy Jack Fire Services Inc.
  • Arkansas - Upper White Oak Lake Volunteer Fire Department
  • California - Ben Lomond Fire Protection District
  • Colorado - Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department
  • Connecticut - Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department
  • Florida - Liberty Fire District
  • Georgia - Gresston Volunteer Fire Department
  • Idaho - Bliss Fire District
  • Illinois - Dalzell Fire Protection District
  • Indiana - Clarksburg Volunteer Fire
  • Iowa - Farley Volunteer Fire Department
  • Kansas - Lincoln First Rural Fire
  • Kentucky - Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department
  • Louisiana - Washington Parish Fire District #9
  • Maine - Kenduskeag Volunteer Fire Department
  • Maryland - Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company
  • Massachusetts - Oakham Fire Department
  • Michigan - Wildwood Fire Rescue
  • Minnesota - Shevlin Volunteer Fire Department
  • Mississippi - East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department
  • Missouri - Kinsey Volunteer Fire Department
  • Missouri - Gorin Volunteer Fire Department
  • Montana - St. Labre Volunteer Fire Department
  • Nebraska - Randolph Volunteer Fire and Rescue
  • Nevada - Peavine Volunteer Fire Department
  • New Hampshire - South Hampton Fire Department
  • New Jersey - Keansburg Fire Department
  • New Mexico - Latir Volunteer Fire Department
  • New York - Hurleyville Fire Department
  • North Carolina - Sterlings Volunteer Fire Department
  • North Dakota - Stanley Fire Department
  • Ohio - Terrace Park Fire Department
  • Oklahoma - Delaware Volunteer Fire Department
  • Oregon - City of Antelope Fire Department
  • Pennsylvania - Heights Fire Company #1
  • Rhode Island - Harmony Fire District
  • South Carolina - Pimlico Rural Volunteer Fire Department
  • South Dakota - Tyndall Fire Department
  • Tennessee - Midtown Volunteer Fire Department
  • Texas - Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department
  • Utah - Orderville Fire Department
  • Vermont - Franklin Volunteer Fire Department
  • Virginia - Craigsville Volunteer Fire Company
  • Washington - Ruston Fire Department
  • West Virginia - New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department
  • Wisconsin - Silver Cliff Fire Department
  • Wyoming - Bar Nunn Volunteer Fire Department

About Action Training Systems
Action Training Systems is a multi-media production company with over 26 years of experience developing training programs for emergency responders. Its interactive programs are proven to significantly increase learner competency, and are all based on current national standards. With over 200 EMS training and firefighter training programs available, these programs are great tools for initial or recurrent training. Learn more and view a training demo at

About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at

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Action Training Systems congratulates one of their own on degree in Fire Science Administration.

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Mon, June 16, 2014 @ 02:10PM

Nicole Avila, daughter of George Avila (President/CEO Action Training Systems) has been on the fast track when it comes to accomplishing her goals. Her early graduation comes as no surprise as she has always set her standards above many others her age. Nicole knew she wanted a career in emergency services field since she was sixteen. Her passion was initially sparked while taking athletic medicine and anatomy courses her sophomore year of high school. Her enthusiasm drove her to apply to the running start program at her high school and to graduate at eighteen with her Associate of Arts degree.

Nicole Graduation

Nicole said that the defining event was the summer before her senior year. She applied to attend Camp Blaze. This is a week-long camp held in different parts of the county and is designed to empower young women looking toward a career in the fire service. “It was really because of Camp Blaze that I developed a strong passion for wanting to be a firefighter. It was the first time I got to pull a hose line into a burning building, and I loved it,” said Nicole. “All the women who run that program are amazing, they give young women the opportunity to see that they have the strength and ability to do something like firefighting, and to be strong and confident leaders in whatever field we end up in.”

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After attending Camp Blaze Nicole began applying to colleges that offered a fire science degree. Ultimately she decided that the University of New Haven (UNH) in Connecticut would be the best fit. She moved across the country and began her life as a college student in the fall of 2012. Having her prerequisites out of the way allowed her to start college as a junior and dive right into her fire science courses. She excelled in all her classes and stood out among her peers. “Nicole is one of those unique students that come through the university who possess a passion for public service, academic ability, and the confidence to make a real difference in emergency services,” said Peter J. Struble, Paramedicine Coordinator and one of Nicole’s favorite professors at UNH. “The fun part of teaching is when you can see tomorrow’s leaders begin to stand apart from the crowd. Nicole is one of those leaders and will be force for positive change in fire and emergency services.”

While enrolled in school, Nicole also looked for opportunities to be involved in the fire service community. She knew volunteering for a local department would give her hands on experience to the material she was studying. She applied to Allentown Volunteer Fire Association. In addition to a full load of fire courses at college, as a volunteer at Allentown she completed her initial Firefighter 1 & 2 courses at night and participated in hands on drills during weekends. “To many, this schedule might seem like a heavy load but Nicole just has a way of getting things done and never complaining,” said Elise Avila Andreasen, sister and marketing manager at Action Training Systems. “You could tell she was happy pursuing her passion. Her unwavering determination is an inspiration. We couldn’t be more proud of her success so far.”


While taking her Firefighter 1 & 2 training with Allentown Vol. Fire Dept., Nicole was excited to see that the department was using training programs produced by her family’s company. She had recognized early on that her family’s business was influential in her career choice but it wasn’t until that moment that she fully realized the impact and incredible resources she has had available to her. “Throughout much of her life, Nicole has been inspired by many close family friends that have had very successful careers in the fire service,” said George Avila. “Some of these, to name a few, B.C. Dennis Corbett, Puyallup Fire & Rescue, retired; B.C. Bruce Arvisu, Los Angeles County Fire, retired; and B.C. Mark Johnson, San Francisco Fire Department. Nicole possesses many of their exceptional leadership qualities that will ensure her a very successful career in the emergency response community for years to come. Needless to say, I am extremely proud of Nicole!”

Nicole finished her bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Administration and graduated this spring at the age of twenty. A huge accomplishment recognized by everyone who has witnessed her steadfast commitment to her goals. This is only the beginning of what appears to be a very promising future in the Emergency Services field. Most recently she has applied to the San Francisco Fire Department. “I want to work for a large city department because I am attracted to the excitement of a big department. I also feel it is a place where I can gain a lot of experience, and if and when I get the opportunity to move up in the department I’d have a larger platform to speak from to make a difference in the fire service as a whole,” said Nicole. Other future interests include becoming a training officer, Chief, working in disaster/emergency management or even attaining her Masters in Emergency Management.

“Training in fire and emergency services is rapidly changing from a top down structured environmentto one where our newest members have opportunities and an environment in which they can analyzeinformation, understand concepts, and reflect on what they learn to improve performance,” said PeterStruble. “The pressures for this change come from a new generation of highly educated, technologicallysavvy, and open minded fire and emergency personnel.”

All those who know Nicole believe she fits the mold when it comes to ensuring the emergency service training continues to move in the direction Struble has outlined. She is a forward thinking leader and we wish her much success in her journey.

Tags: firefighter training, EMS training, emergency responder Training, Fire Simulator

EMT Training Solutions for Interactive Classroom Instruction

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 09:54AM

As an EMT instructor, you have the critical responsibility of teaching your students the life saving basics of a first responder. The importance of implementing EMT classes that assist students in learning the fundamentals of life support and emergency patient care is essential for EMT instructors. Using a combination of interactive online and DVD EMT training programs assists instructors in presenting visual medical procedures, how to assess emergency situations, applying emergency patient care and how to use medical equipment. The interactive features of online EMT training allow students to experience virtual EMT procedures, similar to real-life emergencies. 

Facts About Action Training Systems EMT Online and DVD Programs

Action Training Systems EMT training provides instructors with a great resource for classroom training. It presents all aspects of EMT training with the latest medical equipment and procedure training. Instructors can use DVD, online streaming video or interactive courses to present a lesson. The program meets all NEMSES standards and CPR guidelines established by the American Heart Association. All Online EMS training programs by Action Training Systems (ATS) are also approved for continuing education credit by CECBEMS

ATS EMT training series includes the following programs:

  • Scene Safety and Management
  • EMT Workforce Safety 
  • Ambulance Operations and Air Medical
  • Primary Assessment
  • Secondary Assessment in Medical and Trauma
  • Airway Management and Artificial Ventilation
  • Respiratory Compromise
  • Bleeding Emergencies
  • Shock
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • CPR for Adults and Children
  • Behavioral and Psychiatric Emergencies
  • Neurological Emergencies
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Poisoning
  • Cold and Heat Emergencies
  • Drowning, Scuba and Decompression
  • Obstetrics and Neonatal Care
  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Geriatric Care
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Chest or Head Trauma
  • Bone Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Spine Injuries

EMT instructors can use any one of these online and DVD instructional trainings for their classroom to better emphasize EMT procedures. This intensive EMT training series provides everything you need for students to become adept at learning the vital link in the chain of survival that is necessary for any emergency medical technician.

Contact us at Action Training Systems for more information on how to incorporate online and DVD training into your EMT classroom instruction.

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Online Fire Training: 10 Reasons to Use For Your Next Training Session

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 07:30AM

There are some jobs that are in need of constant training. Firefighting is one of them. For trainers, finding new, interesting, and relevant training material can sometimes be difficult. As a trainer, you want to find good material that will help your crew enhance their abilities. 

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There are many different training courses available, but Online Fire Training may be the best option for you and your crew.

Benefits of Online Courses

  1. They can be accessed from a Windows or Mac computer. 
  2. Fireman can log on with their own personal id whenever needed.
  3. Training can take place at the firehouse during down time. In addition, training can be paused and resumed as needed.
  4. Printable certificates and online tracking are available to record training history.
  5. Flexible subscription options for every budget.
  6. No files or content to download and automatic updates for new material. You can access everything from the site page. 
  7. Interactive courses for the trainees and high quality video to reinforce the training.
  8. A variety of different course work is available for firemen of different levels and skill sets. This ensures that everyone receives adequate and appropriate training tailored to their needs.
  9. Power points, streaming videos, and instructor materials are available for your use. You can decide when and how to use the instruction material.
  10. There is a free fourteen day trial period to test out the training course from a company that has been offering training material for over twenty-six years.

For more information on how online fire training can help you during your next training, contact us.

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Firefighter Training - A Solid Foundation for Unpredictable Scenarios

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 08:25AM

One of the most revered professions in the world today is that of the firefighter. Motivated by purely selfless compassion for their fellow human beings, firefighters place themselves in harm's way to extricate victims from a variety of hazardous environments. While society expresses gratitude and awe for these brave professionals, the perils of the job make fire service training crucial for the safety of both rescuer and victim.

Firefighters must perform many duties throughout their careers (Essentials of Firefighting) The most widely publicized responsibility of a firefighter is of course to extinguish threatening blazes in any number of settings--townhouses, apartment complexes, detached homes, warehouses, and even wide open spaces. Possessing the expertise to recognize the chaotic patterns of one of nature's most destructive forces is not innate; indeed, that knowledge must be learned so that victims can be rescued and fire personnel leave unscathed. 

Firefighters must also be able to operate highly specialized machinery (Driver/Operator Training)--firetrucks, hoses, extinguishers, pumps, hydrants, etc.--with a dexterity that permits the quickest action in the most stressful situations. Emergencies never slow down while firefighting personnel struggle with the very equipment that is supposed to save lives. Training in the intricacies of these tools is absolutely essential to preserving life.

Unfortunately, fires are only one of the many dangers that threaten life and property. Hazardous materials, natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes, and accidents are ever present in both small and large societies. As trained emergency medical technicians, fire personnel are able to treat critically wounded individuals, even after rescuing them from the very situation that caused them such harm.

In addition to the observed work of the firefighter, there are many unseen expectations that a firefighter must maintain. With any incident, there will be reports that must be completed to record the event and the response. While any type of paperwork can be a bit tedious, such documentation is absolutely essential to the integrity of the system. Consequently, firefighters must know how to properly complete such reports.

Firefighter Training

Equally important to the written report, firefighters must ensure that their minds and bodies are at peak levels of performance. Regular drills and physical fitness training become routine in the life of fire service professionals. Understanding the reason behind these measures, but also adopt the lessons learned from these experiences will guarantee that the firefighter is the best prepared they can be.

Fire service training provides the solid foundation for such a meaningful career; in fact, the societies and victims that a firefighter will assist in the future demand no less than the very best training possible. Please contact us today to begin the exceptional training that will positively affect so many.

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Get Innovative EMS Training from Action Training Systems

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Tue, April 29, 2014 @ 10:50AM

Action Training Systems is far from the new kid on the block when it comes to developing courses for the emergency responder. Blending more than 25 years of experience with quality video content while keeping a focus on current national standards, our EMS Training programs have been approved by CECBEMS, the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services.

EMS Training

In a fast-paced world where time is always of the essence, Action Training Systems is a fast-track solution to a career in emergency services. Our interactive online courses combine technology with proven training methods that are designed for the next generation of emergency service leaders. With hours of training, the courses don’t cut corners on the essential knowledge needed to stay safe and treat patients safely on the job.

If you’re still having doubts about a video-based program, consider this:

- Action Training provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date skills-based training as part of our EMS training series. Curriculum includes both EMR (first responder) and EMT level training, and teaches according to the most current, nationally recognized pre-hospital emergency medical guidelines.

- All of our training objectives were developed in accordance with National EMS Education Standards and skills from the National Registry of EMTs.

- All content and course oversight is provided by a program committee of qualified EMS educators, pre-hospital care providers and medical professionals.

Remember, all Action Training Systems EMS online courses are approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit for emergency medical responders and EMTs. If you have questions, contact us today to speak to an account manager about your EMS training goals.

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Vehicle Extrication Training Arms Firefighters with Precise Response

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Mon, April 14, 2014 @ 10:31AM

Firefighters must be trained for so much more than fire fighting. As public servants on the front lines, firefighters are often the first on the scene for any number of cataclysmic events. One of the most common incidents that firefighting professionals encounter is car accidents; unfortunately, some of these accidents will require that victims be extricated from their vehicles. It is precisely such cases that call for the expertise only found in those who have successfully completed vehicle extrication training.

vehicle extrication training

Every accident has its own characteristics. The vehicle's make and model, the accident's location, the position of the vehicle, and the severity of the victim's injuries are just some of the factors that must weigh heavily on how the professionals address each situation; however, the result must remain the same--safely removing the victim from an entirely unsafe environment in an expedient amount of time.

Since there are so many variables in an accident, it is essential that some of the basic strategies for such cases be invariable. Consider, for instance, some of the following parameters that must be considered, no matter the conditions:

  1. Stabilization has always been one of the first tasks for the responding crew, but today offers a variety of new products that more quickly and efficiently complete this step. Keeping up with this new equipment takes recent and specialized training.
  2. Just as with the stabilization devices, there is new glass removal equipment that allows the glass to be taken out in a more controlled manner so that neither the victim nor the responders are sprayed with additional glass. This equipment also allows the responders more access to the victim.
  3. Removing the door provides the best access to the victim, but each vehicle's make and model provides a different set of principles that must be employed. Where brute force may work okay in certain circumstances, finesse is better used in another. Crews must be trained to recognize which to use when.
  4. Like door removal, roof removal proves to be quite challenging. Where a door can possibly be removed by a single firefighter, a roof will require a team effort. Crews must be trained to recognize the sequence of cuts that should be made for successful roof removal.
  5. Once the door and/or roof is removed, it's not at all uncommon to find the victim pinned down by the dashboard. It is paramount that crews know how to handle this situation when it arises, and it will. Whether jacking with spreaders, rolling using rams, or using any other technique, crews must have the training they need to perform this task quickly and efficiently. At the scene is never the time to talk about theories that may or may not work.

While the NFPA standards provide the principles and best practice guidelines for safely removing a trapped victim from a vehicle, those standards will not prove at all helpful without the proper training. Please   contact us today to discover how our training arms all first responders with the expertise that saves precious seconds on site.

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Firefighters Benefit With Haz Mat Training

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Wed, April 09, 2014 @ 09:12AM

Does your fire department believe that a large-scale hazardous material incident will never happen in your jurisdiction? In today's world hazardous materials are all around us. Most of America's hazardous materials and hazardous waste is transported across the country through small towns and large cities. So, any highway or railroad in your territory has the potential of becoming a hazardous material disaster site.

 HazMat Training

Your firefighters are on the front line, the first on the scene at an incident that requires a knowledge of the poisons and chemicals they may encounter. Therefore, they will benefit with having Haz Mat Training. Hazmat awareness allows firefighters to interpret threats and warnings of the presence of hazardous materials in multiple situations. These may include fuel truck accidents and derailed trains which can result in leaks and spills that put at risk the health and safety of the public and the environment. 

With proper training, firefighters can learn to recognize if hazardous materials are present through basic clues and how they can be harmful if spilled or released into the environment. They can learn to recognize what places store or use hazardous materials and the type of containers that hold them.

Haz Mat identification gives firefighters the ability to identify the material and take appropriate action. Training must include the marking signs for transporting hazardous materials and the nine hazard classes defined by the United States Department of Transportation. Firefighters should know how to use the Emergency Response Handbook.

Giving your firefighters Haz Mat Training is giving them the tools to fight the enemy, the materials that can endanger their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and their community members. Action-Training has 4 HazMAt training series which are available online or on DVD. Simply contact us for more information on the courses we have to meet your needs.

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Using Statistics as a Tool

Posted by Elise Andreasen on Wed, October 02, 2013 @ 08:05AM

Fire Officer Training

Every day, firefighters risk their lives to save people from fires, serious accidents and other perils. But in the heat of the moment, their own safety is often the last thing on their minds, and they often fail to recognize the dangers in routine habits and daily life at the fire station. As the supervising fire officer on the front lines, protecting your team’s health and safety must be the first thing on your mind. “Watching their backs” is your most important responsibility.

In its Fire Officer I series, Action Training Systems identifies statistics as a key tool to prevent potential injury and death.

As a fire officer at the unit level, you will be leading your team into many dangerous situations. If you know and can recognize what has caused fire service injuries and fatalities in the past, you will be better able to protect your team from harm in the present.

Online Fire Training

Statistical data and current trends can offer insight into how injuries happen and what you can do to prevent them. This important information can also help you identify fire training needs and recognize hazardous situations. 


They include:Several organizations closely track firefighter injuries and deaths and provide a wealth of data online.


Fire service trade magazines and websites also report news about special hazards to firefighters.

Your own department is also a good resource for statistics and current trends, especially as they relate to your area. By studying what has happened locally, you may recognize patterns that can help you anticipate and plan ahead.

Fire TrainingFor instance, your jurisdiction may have a highly developed downtown area, and you may notice that your department has performed several elevator rescues in recent years. This information may motivate you to update your team’s elevator rescue training and review the elevator surveys of the buildings within your jurisdiction.

Proactively studying statistics on how fire service injuries and fatalities occur should be a part of your routine. It is your job to research this important information and to then translate it into a solid, effective plan of action.

Remember, they’re not “statistics” when it happens to one of your firefighters.


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