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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest
There is a lot of discussion in emergency management about the need for continuous training to strengthen first responder teams.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends training as part of the emergency management work cycle. FEMA recommends spending a good portion of any emergency management budget on consistent training to fill gaps in the management plan and ensure that departments are ready for an emergency.
“Training provides first responders, homeland security officials, emergency management officials, private and non-governmental partners, and other personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform key tasks required by specific capabilities,” FEMA points out.
Veteran first responders and professional rescuers understand that in-service training sessions are important. However, new rescuers may not be aware of how quickly they can lose their skills if they don't use them or do not re-train on a regular basis.
First responder instructors need to instill a routine culture of training to continually hone the skills of their students. By developing this culture, emergency management professionals strengthen their own skills and those of emergency management as a whole.
Emergency Management Educators Should Train Students to Build a Culture of Readiness
In the academic field, emergency management professors and other educators should train their students to build a culture of readiness and a desire for constant training. While there might be an emphasis on department-wide training, educators also need to instill a culture focusing on individualized training, because first responders must maintain their skills within the emergency management profession.
Encouraging Consistent Training
Training to learn specific rescue skills can often be fun, but it takes work to maintain those skills and learn others. It is surprisingly easy to forget how to perform certain rescue tasks.
Anyone training students should also encourage those students to regularly retrain themselves. That will create an understanding among students that training can never stop; they must continually work to make themselves smooth cogs in the overall emergency response system.
An important part of any organization is its culture. It can help an emergency organization advance the goals and objectives set by the leadership. Routine and regular training is such an important component of emergency management that it needs to be instilled in everyone working to mitigate emergencies.