Thinking About Learning

  Posted on 9th September 2010 by Loralee Hyde in UFBA News

By Judith Stanley, the UFBA’s Representative on the National Training Standards Committee

Training and learning are two parts of the same equation that leads to competent firefighters.  As individual firefighters, we rely on the skills developed during training to see us right when we respond to a range of incidents. Learning is a survival skill, on and off the job.

The UFBA is exploring ways to get involved with the development of resources that support the TAPS and OSM framework, and that recognise the need for flexibility and variety in meeting the learning needs of volunteer firefighters.  It’s all about developing a culture of continuous learning amongst firefighters.

The mediums available to refresh our thinking include more than just the printed word. Electronic and web-based resources include videos from around the world, web games, social networking (Facebook etc), as well as static images like posters, pocket references, learning plans, PowerPoint displays, and planners. Variety is the key to continuous learning, particularly for those of us with a low boredom threshold. It’s never been easier to learn.

The new website is a step in this direction.  The hope is that the UFBA will be able to do more in the areas of training and resources going forward.  

Here are a few ideas to make your learning time more efficient.  Try different things and find something that works for you:

As Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

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