Developing Firefighter Resiliency

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Three Key Messages–

  • This is important.
  • You can do it.
  • I won't give up on you.

Training ordinary people to do extraordinary things requires an understanding of how we learn. Developing Firefighter Resiliency starts with the basic psychophysical aspects of learning.

The fire service has unwittingly used a failure-based training model for many years. Hands-on training exercises are often based on unachievable objectives. Trainers are often not educated about the psychology of adult learning or the effect of stress during learning. Consequently, participants face learning activities with mastery-level skill requirement to succeed when competency has yet to be established. This amounts to a never-ending diet of tests without actual skill development. Accessing knowledge under extreme circumstances cannot be left to chance, because the penalty for failure is severe.

This book provides the roadmap for a journey to train, establish relevancy for the lessons, develop competency in the skills, and capitalize on confidence to achieve mastery. We study the impact of a stressful environment on the ability to learn and function.

by Bob Carpenter, Dave Gillespier, & Ric Jorge


Part 1: Adversity of Fire
The Finer Points of Character
The Anatomy of Fear
Part 2: The Success-Based Training Model
The Basics of Adult Learning
The Four Ps to Success: Plan, Prepare, Present, and Post
The Safety Plan: Not Just Another Form
Part 3: Resiliency
Mental Tactics of High Performance
Building Mental Toughness
The Power of Self-Talk
Part 4: Developing Resiliency through Physiological Tactics
Breathing and Mindfulness
The Body and Physiological Needs
Training Smarter
About the Authors

6x9/Softcover/154 pages/2019