Teaching the Adult Learner

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This pre-recorded presentation is designed to help the new or seasoned fire service instructors. This session reviews common educational theories pertaining to adult learners and fire department instruction.


Erin McGruder has been a firefighter/EMT for more than 20 years. She also serves as a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue planning team manager (15 years) and a State Urban Search and Rescue canine search specialist (13 years). She specializes in curriculum and instructor development as a fire service state training agency staff member of the past nine years. She holds a master’s degree in public affairs and is currently studying educational psychology and adult learning. McGruder volunteers as a state advocate for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home program, as well as an Executive Board Member for the International Society for Fire Service Instructors.

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