RescueDigest Resources: Classroom Activities for Critical Thinking, Teamwork, and Soft Skills

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services.

RFD Teamwork

“Teamwork makes the difference between 'three musketeers' and 'three stooges!'"

As a profession, emergency services is nearly unique in it’s demands for providers to be able to act as both coordinated team members and independent operators. Critical concepts such as group dynamics, teambuilding, leadership, followership, and interpersonal communications can be difficult to introduce in cognitive and affective domains, let alone practice as psychomotor skills. While there are plenty of “Get out of your seat” activities out there, many of them entertain and fill time, but few focus on teaching and evaluating team-based competencies.  These resources will help you help your students work together better both in the classroom and on the street.

How you can use these resources: RescueDigest curates great research and resources during the development of our articles and educational programs. Since our mission is to “Help You Help Others” we present the best of these resources for you to explore, share and use in your own agency. these resources for social media and mobile technology use by emergency services are no means comprehensive. we’re providing them here for you as a jumping off point. If you’d like more information about individual services you can contact the agencies or vendors directly.


Why Incorporate Critical Thinking, Teambuilding, And Soft Skills Into Classroom Activities?

Activities to get you started

 Emergency Services Teamwork In Practice

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New England Center for Rescue & Emergency Medicine’s Own Programs:

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Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder and award-winning educator with more than twenty five years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, public and private emergency services and hospital based healthcare systems. Currently a career Fire Captain / Paramedic and EMS Coordinator Rom is a frequent speaker at national conferences and a regular contributor to research, magazines, and textbooks on topics of field operations, leadership, and education in emergency services. Contact Rom via