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Training is important to effectively create a reliable and competent team for any purpose, so it should be understood that the only outcome required from all training protocols is a well rehearsed team who can effectively produce a desired result. Therefor, the emphasis should be on how well the trainees perform their assigned tasks, not how fast.

Too many training institutions make it their goal to mandate all preparation and deployment of personnel and equipment be done in a recklessly expeditious manner which too often results in injury and death as well as loss of equipment and private property. Most all of the negative results from such mandates are totally preventable, therefor it should be accepted that a paradigm change must be adopted by all Fire Departments and training institutions so tragic outcomes like the following link outlines will  never happen again.

LINK: THIS NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED

Cause of death, Exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER), a medical condition whereby damage to skeletal muscle is induced by excessive physical activity in otherwise healthy individuals. This is what happened to a healthy 31 year old man being trained by the FDNY academy because the program demanded too much from the trainees.

To see this happen to a trainee engaged in one of Americas finest Fire Service training institutions is very disappointing. All of the responsibility must be born by the academy founders, board of directors and the instructors who will need to be afforded any and all help to realize their errors and accept a change in the institutions training protocols. 

This very problem is why American Independent Fire Brigade, a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, was founded. It is our goal to help all who desire to become rural volunteer Firemen do so in the safest way possible while still being an effective force to save the life and property of the citizens in the communities they serve. So all who wish to participate and support our efforts please consider donating your time and any financial contributions you feel will help by contacting us at nsvff@yahoo.com or visiting this website and clicking on the DONATE button in the upper left column; LINK: AMERICAN INDEPENDENT FIRE BRIGADE

Thank you for your support.

Acting Chief Frederick Georges 

American Independent Fire Brigade

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Comment by Lieutenant Frederick Georges on June 1, 2022 at 9:42pm

More often today than ever before I read so many accounts of training programs going bad because of lack of proper procedures being followed by those who should know better than to insist on the contemporary paradigm being "faster, harder, and longer" for all courses. Because only a small hand full suffer like this man did, nothing is done to stop the behavior and the tired axiom, " this is the way it has always been done" will be the defense to justify not changing the status quo.  

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