The Training Vision
The training vision is to make all efforts to drive the South Bay Fire Department to be recognized as a county and state-wide training leader! In order to achieve this vision we need to overcome and master five phases that include Methodology, Accountability, Consistency, Quality and Realism.
Methodology is exactly how we as a District achieve our training. Members will get the bulk of the training on shift to assure full compliance, additionally there will be District wide training opportunities that will be made available yet optional.
Accountability is often painted in a negative light, but the fact is that accountability is really just keeping everyone on track with what is expected as part of a team. We need to achieve full accountability in our training in order to assure that no one falls behind, so everyone can trust their lives with all members of our team. We do need to account for and document required training of all firefighters for their safety, for department liability and because it’s the right thing to do.
Consistency is an important phase that needs to be achieved. We need to be consistent enough that any member can work seamlessly with any other shift and that all shifts are training and working in a consistent enough manner to work as one department. Consistency is a crucial factor not only in how training is done from shift to shift, but also that everyone achieve at least the minimal amount of it (see accountability). The majority of the members of SBFD want to be challenged and engaged in more training opportunities. The aim is to feed more training opportunities to that majority group in the future as part of the training vision; however we still need to assure that every responder receive at least the minimal training objectives identified.
Quality of training is not a simple topic but “quality” in training lies within providing and improving training materials and physical resources, as well as ensuring that quality instruction is delivered. In order to achieve quality training, some training facility and equipment assets need to be addressed.
Realism goes hand in hand with quality but it gets more specific and takes a bit more focus to make every training session or drill replicate what is really encountered in the “real world.” While we work towards quality, of course realism needs to be included; however, we still need to frequently reflect back to what we do in the field and what exactly it is that we have created in our training drills.
General training is broken down into three classifications: