"The decentralization of training has been a topic of fire departments and businesses in recent years due to many contributing factors. The problem for Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) was that the area protected posed significant challenges for an effective and efficient centralized training program. The training program failed to address the large employee base and the jurisdictional size of OCFRD with its fire and emergency services requirements. The purpose of this research project was to develop a plan for delivering training in a more decentralized fashion. Historical and action research methods were used to answer the following questions: 1. What technology is available to support decentralized training for OCFRD? 2. What were the guidelines used by OCFRD? 3. Are other similarly sized fire/emergency service organizations offering decentralized training using modern technology? The procedures used to complete this research included a review of fire service and business literature, and OCFRD documents and records. Also, interviews were conducted with subject matter experts involved in the implementation of like kind changes in other Fire Departments. The results of the research showed that utilizing personal computers within each fire station helped delivery of training needs without the negatives associated with centralized delivery. Also, the new technology used in this delivery is very expensive and not without the possibility of unforeseen technological glitches. Recommendations included further allocation of funds to support new technology and present programs, teaching staff trainers on software utilization and delivery, continual advancement of Intranet development, and learning what is already being done by others to prevent the same type of mistakes."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/