The hundreds of hours that went into creating our new “Online Fireworks Training” pages was well worth it. It has had a tremendous impact on the amount of time needed teaching new people at shows. The 4th of July was a great example. This 4th of July was at a new show site for us this year, which means the operator (me) has many logistical matters to take care of, a new customer to build relations with, along with the added time and effort needed for the more advanced setup of set pieces and the “Niagra Falls” effect. This meant I couldn’t spend a great amount of time training new people. It so happened, that this year, our crew consisted of 75% “noobs”. After making it manditory for first timers to go through all of our fireworks training pages before coming out, it turned a full day of training and babysitting into just a few minutes of watching them demonstrate thier skills to myself or an experienced crew member as they went along from task to task. It was like they had already worked numerous shows. I plan to keep updating and expanding the training pages, hopefully to encompass a broader spectrum of fireworks display setup. I highly recommend other operators to direct thier new people here, it has been such a great help to me (even more than I predicted!).
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