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Simple FF Survival / Rescue Drills…Yes, Even For The Seasoned Veteran

By: Paul Hasenmeier

Smooth – Bump – Bump To The Pump

Disorientation Drill – Put the crew on a hoseline and have them get back to the pump.

This past Monday I was teaching at the Ehove Fire Academy and we were working on some basic skills that will be shown throughout this post in pictures and videos.  These students just had the lecture on firefighter survival and will be getting more hands-on this weekend.  For the last several years, February has been a good month to review and practice all things firefighter survival, rescue, MAYDAY, RIT.  Why February, for me it seems to be a good fit as we remember the strong work that Columbus firefighters did in saving the life of Lt. Polaski.  If you haven’t seen the training video, it is alway up HERE.

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Below is a simple rope entanglement drill you can do anywhere.  Practice calling your MAYDAY.  Expand the drill with multiple crews working, which increases radio traffic.  Work on managing the MAYDAY.

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Below is recent audio from a fire in Lancaster, PA.  Don’t be the Monday morning armchair quarterback, but instead talk with your crew on how this incident goes for your department.  How can training help you prepare for this experience that we hope to never be a part of.

Lancaster, PA MAYDAY – February 18, 2013 on Statter911.com

No visibility knot tying. Especially the handcuff, figure 8 on a bight, and looping webbing around a victim.

Another rope training option here from EngineCO22.  CLICK HERE for video on Facebook.

One way to move victims. Quick 2:1

Be sure to “LIKE” EHOVE FIRE ACADEMY AND THE NORTHERN OHIO FOOLS ON FACEBOOK.  THE ANNUAL HEAVY RESCUE 101 TRAINING IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 19 & 20.  IT’S A FREE EVENT.

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Train hard, train often, and get your heartbeat up.  Prepare for the tough situations before they happen, you will revert back to your training.

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