Unlocking the Potential of Adult Learning in the Fire Service: Strategies for Growth and Engagement

B Shifter

29-05-2023 • 47 min

Ever wondered how to effectively engage adult learners in the fire service? Join us as we chat with Jeffery King, who oversees the curriculum for the Blue Card Program, and dive deep into the world of adult learning. Together, we explore Dale's cone of learning, examine how Blue Card complements adult learning, and discuss creating an environment where mistakes are seen as opportunities for growth.

Tackling the challenges of engaging adult learners, we emphasize the importance of understanding students' core beliefs and connecting with them in a meaningful way. We also discuss the pitfalls of traditional teaching methods, which can lead to arguments and frustration, and highlight the value of refresher courses and continuous measurement to ensure skills are being maintained. Moreover, we explore how using the competitive nature of the fire service can lead to positive behavior and meaningful learning experiences.

Finally, we share valuable insights on linking training with operational performance, vetting trainers to guarantee they are teaching the organization’s SOPs and core beliefs, and adapting to the ever-changing environment of the fire service. Our discussion with Jeffery King is packed with useful tips and strategies for creating a culture of learning, safety, and growth in the fire service – don't miss out on this insightful conversation perfect for training officers and firefighters alike!

This episode features Jeffery King, Nick Brunacini and John Vance.

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This episode was recored in Phoenix, AZ at the Alan V. Brunacini Command Training Center.