When I was younger most boys in my class wanted to become a firefighter when they grew up. One of them actually works as a firefighter now, the rest probably chose for a safer profession. I think working as a firefighter takes a lot of guts, because you will be put in situations most people happily avoid. That’s why it’s so important to provide firefighters with materials that help them do their work the best way possible. Fire-learning thought that the way firefighters were being educated could use an update and decided to create online courses for them. I sat down and had a chat with Anne Boreel, content creator at Fire-learning, about their choice for and experience with aNewSpring.
– Anne Boreel
A heterogeneous group that needs to stay up to date
“The group of firefighters we have in the Netherlands is very heterogeneous, they all have different knowledge levels. Plus they really have that ‘get to work’ mentality, studying from a book isn’t really their cup of tea. But, to train firefighters they first need to learn the theory, and only after that they can put this into practice during a communal practice day. We noticed that most of the firefighters came to these days unprepared, which resulted in a lot of time spent during that costly day explaining them the theory. Not really an ideal situation. But training firefighters in a good way and keeping them up to date is very important, that’s why Theo and Flinn Deen started Fire-learning in 2011.”
Important information isn’t easily forgotten
The men of Fire-learning are very close involved in the fire brigade, so they understood why firefighters often didn’t study their theory. It was offered to them the wrong way! That’s why they wanted to develop a modern and online product that could help firefighters control the theory in an easy and efficiënt way.
“Theo and Flinn also found it very important that the learning materials could be repeated.” Says Anne. “The firefighters do have to be up to date of all existing and new rules to practice their profession the best way possible. They made the choice for aNewSpring, and chose to also use MemoTrainer for knowledge retention training. With the MemoTrainer we can make sure the firefighters don’t just forget the important theory. On top of that it is of course great that aNewSpring offers us a central and user friendly environment to develop our courses.”