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Training for Failure

Training for Failure:
Understanding why some first responder training must change

Created and presented by:
Dr. Richard B. Gasaway, EFO, CFO
Fire Chief (ret.)

Format: DVD
Length: 137 minutes

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When first responders do seemingly insane things at emergency scenes there is never a shortage of peers waiting to pass judgment and to criticize. It is very easy to be the judge and jury of flawed performance after the fact. However, no amount of judgment will result in learning from the mistakes.

This program will offer an eye-opening view into how responders are being trained to fail, why those who are training them don’t know they’re doing it and how to fix the problem.

Part 1 of the program shares powerful lessons on how our brains learn and remember, including:

– Two memory systems used in learning

– The role of repetition during the initial phases of learning

– Memory rehearsal in long-term memory formation and recall

– The use of routines

– How memory prompts can aid learning and recall

– Three neurotransmitters that aid memory formation and recall

– Emotions

– The role of subconscious memory and your “magic knowledge”

– How habits serve as assets and liabilities

– The importance of visual learning and the role of mirror neurons

– The brain’s struggle to separate fact from vividly imagined fiction

Part 2 shares specific examples of how police, fire and EMS responders are being trained to fail and provides solutions for correcting the problems.

This program has been delivered as a general session or keynote address at:

Colorado Fire Service Leadership Challenge (Keystone, CO)
British Columbia Fire Training Officer’s Association (Vancouver, BC)
VCOS Symposium in the Sun (Clearwater Beach, FL)
South Carolina Fire Academy (Columbia, SC)
League of Minnesota Cities Safety Symposium (St. Paul, MN)

Your department will never look at training the same way again!

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