Until October 2020, Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI) had over 300 contract fire instructors registered within the learning management system. This is a large number of instructors to manage and there is no information available for how effective instructors have been in the field. Using a rubric created by KFRTI, the number of contract instructors has been narrowed to 78. In addition to requiring National Fire Protection Association Instructor I certification, Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute designed a foundational training methodology document to be used in “on-boarding” new and existing contract instructors to increase instructor effectiveness and consistency in instructional approach. This methodology, based on best practices in adult learning and firefighting instruction, will help improve fire service instruction across the State of Kansas.
Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute Training Methodology: Best Practices for Fire Service Instructors was developed on February 01, 2021 by Kelly McCoy and Erin McGruder of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI), leveraging the input of KFRTI Program Managers and Program Coordinators. This document will be used for “on-boarding” new and existing contract instructors within KFRTI. The intent of this document is to increase training effectiveness and instructor consistency in delivering fire services training to the State of Kansas’ 14,650 firefighters.