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A multidimensional evaluation of fire fighter training for hazardous materials response: first results from the IAFF program.

Authors
Cohen-A
Source
Am J Ind Med 1998 Oct; 34(4):331-341
NIOSHTIC No.
20025263
Abstract
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) course on hazardous materials training for first responders is described together with an evaluation plan that includes multiple levels of assessment. Trainee appraisals of the course, shifts in their ratings of task competencies, gains in knowledge quiz scores, and self-reports on actions reflecting lessons learned from the course are among the measures used. Evaluations of courses given in several city fire departments found more than 60% of trainee judgments of course quality and utility to be highly favorable, along with significant post-course improvements in their competency ratings and quiz scores. Follow-up interviews with samples of trainees also suggested more self-protective behaviors and preventive actions being taken with regard to alarms and risks of hazardous materials exposures. However, cross-comparing the results for the various evaluation measures gave only limited support to a popular evaluation model that hypothesized that they would be interdependent. Limitations in appreciating technical course subjects, the value of add-on or refresher instruction, and variable risk experiences are noted in explaining differences in some training results.
Keywords
Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Training; Hazardous-materials; Occupational-safety-programs; Emergency-responders; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Author Keywords: occupational safety training; fire fighters; hazardous materials exposures
Contact
Alexander Cohen, 6752 East Farmacres Drive, Cincinnati. OH 45237
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19981001
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
EID
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
OH
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