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May 2015
Seven Strategies to Find Funding for Officer Training    
In a difficult economic environment, officer training may be deemed as an extra in the department's budget. Grant funding becomes a critical means to fulfill training needs. To obtain grant funding for training you and your department must be prepared to meet the rigorous review and critical eye of the agency or organization providing the funds.


When the funding for training falls under discretionary funding
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Strategic Planning for Public Safety:      
Why agencies need to more effectively plan for the future


By John Kapinos


The following is my best recollection of a conversation between me and a command-level officer in an agency I used to work for. This conversation occurred sometime in 2001:

"John, I don't know why you are always pushing this strategic planning thing. We are a 'put out the fire' type of organization - we don't have time for that kind of stuff".

"Maybe if we did better strategic planning, we wouldn't have so many fires to put out."

"But we are really good at putting out the fires".


This reflects what seems to be the typical mindset within much of the public safety profession when somebody mentions the idea of strategic planning. In fact, the emergency response community makes a professional point of pride at being able to respond and handle any form of catastrophic event that occurs on their watch; and our first responders do indeed uniformly excel at this. The drawback to this however . . . click to continue  



Citizens Submit Their Questions
Q & A 

The questions below
were asked (submitted) by non public safety professionals. We found some of the questions to be interesting, funny, and some insightful. Click on the answer to read responses or add your own.  



Q:  Why do the police ask, "Do you know why I pulled you over?"


Q: How do firefighters view dying in the line of duty?
A: (answer) 

Q:  If search dogs are after me, what's the best way to throw them off my trail?
A: (answer)
Q: Do emergency personnel on code runs prefer freeways or surface streets?
A: (answer)  



Skidcar System


The SKIDCAR SYSTEMŽ is an advanced driver training solution that teaches drivers to anticipate car control problems before they occur. With SKIDCAR™, drivers experience exactly how a vehicle will behave in situations that can cause traction loss, including adverse weather, excessive speed, rapid braking or steering errors. But unlike other programs that simply teach reactionary motor skills, SKIDCAR trains drivers to think, maintain control, and avoid trouble ahead of time.


FIREBLAST  Global    


With the significant expansion of our business from the North American market to the International stage, Fireblast is now embracing our focus as Fireblast Global. This change will undoubtedly solidify our vision at Fireblast Global to be the World's leading provider of Advanced Fire Training Simulators.  As such, Fireblast Global will continue to exemplify our commitment to Integrity, Innovation, and Intellect, always keeping at the forefront, the customer's needs for the most realistic, and technically advanced training environments. Please visit our newly designed website,, for a complete listing of all products for your agency's training needs.      


Kidde Fire Trainers 


Kidde Fire Trainers brings together the proven leaders in the industry to offer the broadest range of fire training solutions to meet your training needs. With more than 30 years of live fire training knowledge, Kidde Fire Trainers has the experience that instills confidence. Count on Kidde to deliver innovative training systems, installed on time and within budget.




FAAC Incorporated builds and delivers high-fidelity driver training simulator systems for public safety and emergency response agencies. FAAC simulators are used primarily to develop higher cognitive driving functions such as judgment, multi-tasking, and decision-making in high-risk, low-frequency situations. In addition, simulators are used for teaching SOPs, incident command, and building muscle memory for basic driving techniques. Instructors replay the student's driving exercise for critique and remediation opportunities.




IES Interactive Training is a world-leading manufacturer of advanced interactive force-option decision/response simulators and firearms training systems.  IES's award winning MILO Range training simulator systems are selected by agencies interested in improving weapons and force-option deployment skills, decision-making and cognitive thinking skills, and measuring individual and collective tactical and technical skills in law enforcement, public safety and combat environments.



Fire Training Systems  


Drager's comprehensive portfolio of both Class A and B professional fire training props, as well as custom configurable SCBA confidence mazes, allow solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of individual fire departments, giving Fire Fighters the ability to practice in a safe environment.  Whether you are looking for a fixed or mobile solution, let the experts at Drager help you design the solution that is right for you.  

Responder Gateway has been designed to make it easy to find exactly what's going on in the world of the emergency responder. One place. One stop. One source. This site is a great resource for anyone who wants to stay up to date about various subjects within the first responder industry and doesn't have time to waste. 


Spring Happenings: ESC Workshop, SKIDBIKES in PA,
and a new SKIDTRUCK

West Shore firefighters feel the heat inside unique burn trailer simulator

Training Center Dedication - many years in the making
Cal Fire training in water rescues to continue

Cleveland Police body camera training starts to continue 


Pennsylvania does not require volunteer firefighters to be trained to continue 

Police training must improve, retired Chief to continue 


Fire Department training equipment stolen to continue 

Joint Military - Police Training Exercise Among Civilian Population Raises Concerns to continue   


Fire Dept Rope Rescue Training to continue 

NM State Attorney General to review police training goals to continue 


Firefighters better-trained, but oil train fires overwhelm to continue 

Fire Department gets $357K grant from FEMA for regional training to continue 

Elected officials undergo fire training simulation to continue 


Ohio Statehouse leaders announce police-training legislation to continue 


Trench rescue training and new recruits to continue 

Bomb squad called to home of ex-technician, training round found to continue 

Fire department receives unexpected donation from widow to continue 

Police receive training in interacting with LGBTQ community to continue 

College of Nursing to start paramedics training program to continue  


Police union president says patrol officers not trained for riots to continue  


Second straight LAFD recruit class is all male after women exit to continue    


Two local police officials (mostly) support training reform to continue  


New $2.74 million fire training center eyed to continue   


Phoenix police could hire Arizona State University professor's firm for cultural training to continue

Agreement OK'd for new fire training site to continue  


Shoot, don't shoot: Inside police use-of-force training to continue   


Police training key to proper response to continue 

Indy sees 35 to 40 million dollars of economic benefit for hosting FDIC to continue  




FSTI has provided training to the volunteer public safety community since 2006. It has been our mission to provide high quality training to firefighters while at the same time promoting community safety.

Fire Services Training Institute (FSTI) is a non-profit public benefit corporation with both state and federal tax exempt status.


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