Losses due to wildfires are getting worse, and the challenges for fire services tackling the wildfires are increasing dramatically each year. With the funding from Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, and in partnership with USFS, CalFire, and Los Angeles County Fire Department, NYU Fire Research Group developed a new scenario-based interactive training for Wildland firefighters.
This program is divided into 3 modules. The first module presents a wildland fire behavior review followed by training on formulating your incident size-up and delivering a report on conditions. The second module presents training on development of the incident action plan, staffing considerations and delivery of the operational safety briefing. The third module is a series of interactive wildfire scenarios.
This training is created using a learning methodology called ALIVE developed by NYU researchers through an AFG funded research study in collaboration with fire departments from New York, Chicago, and Bloomington (MN). There are several other training modules available for nationwide fire service: (a) Fire Dynamics (b) Residential Fires (c) Fires in lightweight residential construction (d) Wind-driven high-rise fires (e) Residential Fire Scenarios (f) Cardiovascular health.
All training modules are free for all firefighters and fire departments. Firefighters can access these training modules by visiting http://fire.engineering.nyu.edu/ or downloading the iOS/Android apps on mobile devices. Fire departments interested in offering ALIVE training to their members can register by emailing the NYU Fire Research Group at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at http://fire.engineering.nyu.edu/