Cullman Fire Rescue recently instructed a 40-hour course to certify firefighters as State of Alabama Certified Fire Instructors.
Firefighters from as far away as Birmingham Fire Rescue attended the course.
The course instructed firefighters in public speaking and delivering successful presentations.
The classes resembled a college-level public speaking course. In fact, some colleges have been known to accept this course in lieu of public speaking.
The course required students to deliver a total of four speeches utilizing multimedia with a final 15 minute presentation performed in front of outside evaluators.
Successfully passing the final presentation allowed firefighters the opportunity to attempt a 100 question state certification exam given by an outside state fire college test proctor. This exam was the final phase for gaining state certification.
The course is considered one of the most frequently failed courses at the Alabama Fire College.
“Many people do not understand just how tough this course is. Preparing for and delivering four speeches in one week as well as successfully passing a certification test based on 825 PowerPoint slides and 13 chapters of a textbook is no easy task. The guys did a great job”, said Division Chief Brian Bradberry.
“Instructing the course in-house and our firefighters using their off time to attend really helped us to hold the course in a cost-effective manner. We saved approximately $8,000 in expenses,” said Chief Edward Reinhardt.
The certification course was instructed by Brian Bradberry and Darren Peeples, both division chiefs at Cullman Fire Rescue.