Do you want to know the 3 simple steps every beginner needs to keep crew engaged in between exciting calls?
If you’re a firefighter who wants to keep your crew engaged in between exciting calls without losing momentum and having morale go down then you need to read this immediately to get started with correcting your efforts.
Step #1: Focus on the Basics
Have you ever heard “when you master the basic moves, they become advanced?” There’s a reason for this. The more you practice a skill set, the better you become at it. Have you ever seen a firefighter pull a line like it was their first time? It probably was, that’s why they looked that way.
This step is important because we perform the way we prepare. Whatever you do constantly, you will
do well. Whatever you do not do regularly, you will not be as good at. The more we practice the basics, the more we can work any kinks out that we encounter. We can prepare more for any variable we may encounter on scene.
“Let’s look like we’ve done this before…..because we have.”
Here’s some advice to help you better focus on the basics. Start simple. PPE drills, Mask up drills, Hoseline pulls, Hoseline Management drills, Flowing drills, and Search Drills. There are so many more, but these are a good start.
Step #2: Do Something Every Day
We signed up to be firefighters to do firefighter things. So when a long period of time goes by and we do not do firefighter things, we lose momentum. When we lose momentum in any part of our lives, we become complacent and our satisfaction level decreases.
This step is important because regularly overcoming challenges releases dopamine. Dopamine makes you feel very good. Want to feel good? Get more dopamine by overcoming more challenges.
Here’s a tip to help you better do something every day. Create a plan to follow. Map out all the functions you want to train on. Then schedule one each day ahead of time. We are more likely to do something once it is scheduled.
Step #3: Have Fun
We are more likely to do something when we enjoy it. A lot of people figure out ways to gamify things in order to make them more fun. If you’re putting on the drill, be excited about it. Put some thought and work into it so the people doing it get a lot from it.
What I have done to gamify training or drills is to add a time element and an award at the end. Maybe loser buys the winner’s dessert. Competition brings out effort from people. Figure out ways to turn your training into a game that entices the participants to win.
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