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July 2015
Training Accidents - Discipline or Machismo   
As I wrote around this time last year, "Avoiding Training Accidents, It's All About Discipline"  it seems the number of training-related accidents continues to plague public safety. If (as I perceive it) training has become more dangerous than in the past, then the big question is why? Were prior accidents unreported or under-reported? Given the 24/7 news cycle and increased reliance on social media, are accidents (even minor ones) taking on more scrutiny?

A quick Google search for police and firefighter training accidents over the past twelve months yields many training accidents. Unfortunately most seem to occur during weapons training for police and high raise training for firefighters.  

As in the past  training-related injuries and deaths due to underlying health issues such as heart conditions are nonetheless tragic, accidents and death as a result of training activities continue to occur. The links below lead to very recent training related accidents over the past twelve months  . . . 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:  If you are being arrested at home, can you ask the arresting officer for five minutes to get dressed?


Q: Do emergency personnel on code runs prefer freeways or surface streets?
A: (answer) 

Q:  As a current or former law enforcement officer how does it feel when you run into a person who you have arrested when you are off-duty?
A: (answer)
Q: EMTs and Paramedics: What are the best coping strategies for stressful jobs?
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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. 


International Driver and Rider Training Symposium

Drager Live Fire Training Video on Class B Props: 

Fireblast Advanced Fire Simulator to prepare for emergency fire situations
Branford planning and zoning commission approves fire training facility to continue

Editorial: Firefighter training facility exactly what county needs to continue 


Napa teens raise money for firefighter training program to continue 

County looks to sue firefighter for training costs to continue 


Police K9 In Training Gets Loose, Bites 62-Year-Old Woman to continue 

City pays $40K, agrees to police training in settlement over fatal dog shooting to continue   


Academy director stands by curriculum as AG plans to review police training to continue 

California Firefighter Training Facility Could Run Out Of Water to continue 


Port Authority, St. Paul joining to build police training facility to continue 

Why Our Fire Departments Need to Hire Military Veterans to continue 

Firehouse Subs donates $27,000 for training prop to continue 


Federal agency to provide Pasco police training and technical help to continue 


Fire Chief Says Training Facility Needs to Be Replaced to continue 

3 police firearms training tips for novice shooters to continue 

Grand jury: Volunteer firefighter training issues remain to continue 

Police officers receive simulated training on Milo Range Simulator to continue 

Cost concerns hinder proposed police training campus to continue  


Pastor saved during fire department training session to continue  


Retired firefighter charged with harassment over recruit training to continue    


Bend Police put in $45,000 request for "shoot house"; Portable facility would provide scenario training to continue  


Police and Fire Join for New Training to continue   


Decline in ticket revenue leads to police training budget crunch to continue

Mississippi fire departments get $1.4 million training equipment 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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