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Episode 74 | Creating the Thinking Firefighter



074 - Thinking1This episode is a recording of my presentation at the Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate Symposium, hosted on the Campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Length: 30 minutes
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In this episode, I discuss how to create thinking firefighters and share powerful examples of how our training may be a set-up for failure not because of poor instruction.

Rather, because instructors have not been taught the art and science of decision making on the drill ground. The focus is nearly always in the action of firefighting without consideration for the decision making that should precede the action.

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Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
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