BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — For many workers, continuing education (CE) courses are a way to stay ahead of the competition and advance their careers.
But for others, continuing education courses can be lifesaving.
For example, instructors who teach future firefighters how to deal with explosions, fires, automobile accidents and other medical emergencies must ensure that they are up to date with the latest established safety measures. by the National Fire Protection Association. (NFPA).
As instructors implement the latest safety measures they have learned from these valuable CE courses, injuries are less likely to occur during training exercises.
And, unfortunately, it is not uncommon for such accidents to occur during training exercises.
In fact, according to NFPA statistics, 7,550 injuries were sustained during training activities in 2021.
But local Baton Rouge Fire Department (BRFD) instructors are determined to do everything possible to prevent serious injuries from occurring during training.
That’s why BRFD Fire Department training officers recently participated in a continuing education workshop to help them do just that.
The “Live Fire Instructor/Live Fire Instructor In Charge Training Course” has been designed to bring instructors up to NFPA 1041, which are the minimum job performance requirements necessary to perform the duties of an fire department instructor, and NFPA 1403, which are the minimum requirements for conducting live fire training in safe facilities and in a manner that is safe for participants.
Essentially, the training helped instructors better understand the importance of following safety procedures and maintaining a safe training environment.
Thomas Townsend was one of the trainers who attended the course, and he said, “We are grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this training. It was very informative and will help us ensure that our firefighters are properly trained and prepared to respond to a real fire.
Another participant, Training Officer Pedro Leonard, felt the same way and said: “This training has been invaluable in helping us understand the importance of following safety procedures and ensuring our firefighters are properly prepared to respond to both training and actual fires. We will be able to use the knowledge and skills we have learned in this course to help prepare future generations of firefighters.”
BRFD said of the course:
The Baton Rouge Fire Department is committed to providing our firefighters with the best possible training and preparation to respond safely and effectively to real fire incidents.
The Live Fire Instructor / Live Fire Instructor in Charge course is just one example of our department’s dedication to providing our firefighters with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their careers and, more importantly, to ensure Baton Rouge security.
Baton Rouge Fire Department
Although firefighters face a unique set of challenges throughout their careers, many appreciate the role they play in the community as lifesavers who make a difference in the lives of others.
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