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September 2010
Public safety agency budget cuts are in full swing (despite pundits' claims that the recession is over). Layoffs, cancellation of recruit classes and unfilled positions abound. The following article from Fire Chief Magazine describes an approach to cost cutting that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago, using civilians as training officers. I hope you enjoy the article. I found it to be a real eye opener.  
-- Bill Booth, Editor
No Experience Necessary

More departments are choosing civilians, rather than firefighters, for their training officers. 


It's a typical Monday morning and fire crews are arriving for another day of training at the Fresno (Calif.) Fire Department's training division. The training officer has worked with several subject-matter experts from the department and some from fire agencies in other states on the training topic that will be rolled out over the next month. She has collaborated and negotiated with private vendors to ensure that the media she will use is state of the art and will capture the attention of firefighters (i.e., sufficient video of fire and things blowing up).


She also has developed a training schedule that provides the most efficient use of class time, limiting the amount of time the crews will be away from their response districts. This might sound like a typical training officer going about her normal duties. The key difference in this case is that the training officer is a civilian who has no prior fire-service experience more


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Knoxville's New Shoot House 

Action Target would like to announce the newly completed Live-Fire Shoothouse for Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee! Located at Knoxville PD's outdoor training facility, this project is the latest addition to what is already a very impressive training site, including an outdoor firing range, simulation rooms, and driving track.


Shoot House 1

A special thanks goes to Knoxville PD Sgt. Keith Debow, City and State Officials, Chris Rutledge at MBI Architects, Project Manager - Chet Carbaugh with Richardson Turner Construction, Action Target Great Lakes Territory Manager - Jason Snell, Action Target Project Manager - Mark Ostebo, and many others for a job will done!

Shoot House 2


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