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THE BRIGADE TRAINING SYSTEM

Introduction
1. Patient care training forms the core of the Brigade Training System. It is intended as a means of providing the opportunity for the Brigade member to:
  • maintain a minimum standard of expertise in keeping with the expectations of the public served
  • by the Brigade;
  • undergo an annual evaluation of skills and knowledge which will show areas of strength as well as areas which need study and improvement;
  • gain increasing levels of skill and knowledge in keeping with the interests and abilities of the
  • members and the requirements of the local community in which the member serves.

The Divisional Training Program
2. The Brigade Training Standards and Reference Guide is the guideline by which the Divisional
Training Officer plans and executes the training program.
3. The Brigade Training System is designed as a cyclical process which provides for the acquisition of skills by Brigade members in an efficient but flexible manner.
4. Under ideal circumstances, the entire cycle of training is carried out during divisional training
meetings. A division which meets weekly and devotes 1.5 hours per meeting to training could complete this training level in 27 weeks or less and still have time remaining for other activities.
5. Divisional Training Officers may adapt the program for delivery in any way which suits the purposes of their division. Other means of elivery include:
  • longer block sessions (weekends, full days)
  • home study sessions for knowledge aspects combined training sessions with other divisions training carried out by other levels: Corps, rea, Province

Training Levels
6. There are three Levels to the Brigade Training System, each one building upon additional knowledge and skills from the one before it.

Level 1
Level 1 is the minimum training level consisting of all aspects of the traditional subjects of Standard First Aid, specific core modules of Family Health Care and Level C Basic Rescuer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation considered as a minimum retained standard of expertise for all Adult Brigade members wishing to perform independent unsupervised patient care services (See St. John Canada Instructions for exceptions to this rule).

Although members are encouraged to develop their skills and expertise as far as they can, Level 1 training remains the basic required standard for all members who perform independent patient care services (See Annual Requalification).

Levels 2 and 3
Levels 2 and 3 offer the opportunity for a Divisional Training Officer to provide a review of basic skills and an enhancement and addition of new skills. Levels may be completed in total as outlined, or subjects may be selected as required to provide emphasis in a particular area to suit the needs of the patient care services provided or required by the community. The sequencing of subjects may also be changed to suit local needs and time constraints.

The Brigade Assessment Process (BAP) is a requirement for all members annually, regardless of the Level of training being undertaken by the members. Thus, DTOs must build in sufficient review of basic skills to ensure the competence of members.

Divisions which have completed Levels 2 or 3 in total may request that the BAP be administered at that level. Members who successfully complete the Level 2 or 3 BAP will receive the applicable certificate and pin for display on the uniform as long as the level of qualification is maintained.

Brigade Specialized Training Modules (BSTM)
Each optional Brigade Specialized Training Module carries its own prerequisite qualifications, performance standards, requirements for certification and recertification, and egulations for application. DTOs select the peciliazed training modules required for each particular individual situation.

Instructors
7. Instruction for various aspects of the BTS will be carried out by suitably qualified individuals who have been orientated to the method of instruction and the minimum level of skills and knowledge that must be demonstrated by the Brigade member upon completion of the BTS. It is not intended that the DTO undertake the instruction of the program. Rather, their job is to plan of the program and the acquisition of appropriate resources for its completion, and to monitor the Instructors chosen.

8. Instructors may include the following:
  • Qualified First Aid and CPR Instructors, NITDP trained
  • Registered Nurses
  • Lay Instructors in Family Health Care
  • Physicians
  • Ambulance Officers, Emergency Care Specialists
  • Respiratory Technicians
  • Other suitably trained and authorized health care providers.

Reference Materials and Resources
9. Each subject carries its own list of references. Suggestions regarding other sources of information such as government or other agencies are also included for the information of DTOs who may wish to bring in specialist speakers for Levels 2 and 3 or for Brigade Specialized Training Modules.

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