Live Fire Training: Principles and Practice to NFPA 1403, provides a definitive guide on how to ensure safe and realistic live-fire training for both students and instructors.
All firefighters need the safe and controlled “real-life” training offered through live-fire exercises in order to be fully prepared for the hazards of the foreground. Live Fire Training: Principles and Practice to NFPA 1403, provides a definitive guide on how to ensure safe and realistic live-fire training for both students and instructors. Updated to address all the requirements for NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, 2018 Edition, this essential resource covers everything from Fire Fighter Physiology, Critical Incident Planning to Gas-Fired, Non-Gas-Fired Structures to Non-Structural Props.
This textbook is dedicated to Elias “Buck” Tomlinson and all of the live fire training instructors who teach their students to perform safely in all conditions.
You are the live fire training instructor : your chief has asked you to set up a live fire training evolution using an acquired structure. The two closest fire departments that run mutual aid with you have been invited to participate.
The acquired structure must be burnt within seven days. Your department is relatively small with 20 certified firefighters and 2 engines. The acquired structure has been damaged by a previous
fire, which your department contained to one room.
When you talk to mutual aid companies, they are eager to participate, however, some of their personnel are in the middle of training and are not yet certified. They are also not sure what
apparatus they can provide. From previous experiences with the department, you have had concerns regarding their personal protective equipment not fitting properly and being worn out. As you consider the possibility of conducting this live fire training evolution, there are many questions that must be answered. Some of these require knowledge of other NFPA standards.
- Does the gear meet the standards for firefighting?
- Will there be enough resources to provide an adequate water source to conduct the live fire training?
- Do the participants have the amount of training needed to participate in the live fire training evolution?
- Is there enough time to adequately prepare for this live fire training evolution?
- Are there enough live fire training instructors and safety officers?
Whether you are a career fire fighter, a volunteer fire fighter, a company officer, an instructor, a training officer, or a chief officer, as an instructor conducting live fire training exercises, you are responsible for the safety of all participants involved.
Fire fighters and students learning to become fire fighters have died or have been severely injured during training evolutions. Achieving a balance between participant safety and training effectiveness can be a difficult task.
There are thoroughly written standards that relate to the requirements of conducting live fire training evolutions. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has published one of the most popular of these standards, NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions. The purpose of NFPA 1403 is to provide a process for conducting live fire training evolutions to ensure that they are conducted in safe facilities and that the exposure to health and safety hazards for the fire fighters receiving the live fire training is minimized. NFPA 1403 was designed to set standards on what should be done to mitigate the inherently dangerous conditions of live fire training. The purpose of this text, however, is to go beyond those written standards and to focus on the how-
to aspects of conducting valuable live fire
The Contents of Live Fire Training: Principles and Practice
- Introduction to Live Fire Training. 2
- Critical Incident Planning. 24
- Preparation and Training of Instructors. 38
- Fire Fighter Physiology. 54
- Planning for Live Fire Training. 76
- Acquired Structures. 98
- Gas-Fired and Non-Gas-Fired Structures. 124
- Nonstructural Training Props. 152
- Live Fire Training Evolutions. 176
- Appendix A: An Extract From NFPA® 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, 2012 Edition. 188
- Appendix B: NFPA® 1403 Correlation Guide. 197
- Appendix C: Acquired Structure Live Fire Training Model SOP. 200
- Appendix D: Permanent Structure Live Fire Training Model SOP. 228
- Appendix E: Permanent Structure Live Fire Training Burn Plan for __ Fire Training Center. 235
- Appendix F: NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, Crosswalk from 2007 Edition to 2012 Edition. 243
- Glossary. 246
- Index. 248
- Credits. 252
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