Lieutenant Torrington Fire Department Simsbury, Connecticut, United States
This program will explore modern-day education techniques to better understand the most effective medium and instructional methods to communicate and pass on knowledge. Observations show that fire service instructional styles have not advanced at the same pace as those in mainstream school systems. As modern-day firefighters’ means of learning have changed, so must our instructional styles. Through this program, we will address tools to help better communicate with and understand the needs of "millennial" firefighters as learners. These tools, in turn, foster an environment of motivation, excitement, and forward progress. Without effective instruction and cognition, our ability to advance as a whole is hindered.
Understanding that our modern day firefighters (learners) are not designed to learn as they did in the past. Achieved through education and discussion.
Evaluate and understand the style of learners that they will be teaching. Instructors must be able to learn and adapt to their audience and its needs.
Evaluate the individual learner(s) and determine how to convey the message. Not everyone learns the same way and instruction is the art of conveying information.
Better understand the role of the millennial firefighter and how to tap into their potential instead of labeling them as the problem.
Discuss how instruction is a live, changing, and adaptive medium, and how the primary objective of any class is to pull out the information that is actually needed to master the subject matter.