"Each year, around 100 firefighters die, and tens of thousands are injured in the line of duty. Firefighters must receive training in order to learn how to do their jobs safely. Training should be considered a privilege, as it prepares firefighters to serve the public they protect and to protect each other from serious injury or death. The most common areas of training for departments staffed with volunteers include new member orientation, basic firefighting training skills, and officer training. Firefighters may be required to obtain training in hazardous materials awareness and identification. Depending upon the services the fire department provides, recruits may be expected to complete some level of emergency medical training."
Coffee Break Training - Training Programs and Tips Series No. TR-2013-2
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