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Quick Drill #17

Master Stream Operations.   Let’s not forget about training on master stream operations, and the importance of doing so. Big fire, means big water, right? Simple enough, but what about variables such as apparatus access and placement, wind affecting the stream, a Deck Gun which is low, vs an aerial which can attack from high.…

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Quick Drill #16

Know the stretch.   Knowing the stretch is vitally important to effectively getting water onto the fire! A great way to train on the distances that a particular hoseline will reach (primarily a pre-connect) is, to use a length of rope. Take a piece of rope that is the same length as your hose, tie…

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Quick Drill #15

This next one is straight out of the outstanding book “Barn Boss Leadership”. Thanks to Brian Ward for the great training idea and for allowing us to share it. Tactical Decision Games – Fire Engineering Magazine Hot Seat: Take a magazine with any incident and study what it is telling you. For example, a particular…

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Quick Drill #14

Are you and your crew prepared for Ice Rescue and Cold Water Rescue?? There are several different methods of victim retrieval, styles of rigging, and dry suits types. A simple drill that can be performed in the station is to get the equipment off the rig and assemble it as if it were an actual…

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Quick Drill #13

Practice throwing the water rope bag. This might sound a bit simple, or even silly, but you will be surprised at the lack of accuracy by some members and, maybe even yourself. Have someone walk horizontally with their arms up to simulate someone in moving water, and try to land the rope between their arms.…

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Quick Drill #12

Train the way that YOU would perform. Practice victim rescues using the equipment that YOU carry, in the form of which YOU carry it. Not the way we usually see it where someone shows up with no gloves on and the webbing already in their hands. EXAMPLE: If you normally carry webbing in an upper…

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Quick Drill #11

ERG (Emergency Response Guide) The dreaded Haz-Mat! Get the ERG off the rig and go over it with your crew. Yes this can be painful, but it can be beneficial. Review the different parts of the book, what the different color pages mean, the different ways to search for a material, etc. Pick a few…

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Quick Drill #10

Use the imagination. Create an entrapment scenario with miscellaneous equipment found lying around the station. In this scenario it was a simulated collapse involving a pediatric entrapment. It consisted of an old chair and some t-post all weighing several hundred lbs and could not be moved or lifted by hand. Make these scenarios challenging and…

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Quick Drill #9

Create a RIC environment that is as “realistic” as possible. If possible, conduct this training in an acquired structure. Place a firefighter with an activated PASS device in a location that requires fairly extensive work to access. Activate a RIC crew carrying what ever tools they think are appropriate for the job (not knowing any…

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Quick Drill #8

Training under pressure vs a relaxed environment. Once you have improved your knowledge, skills, and abilities, by training in a relaxed environment, repeat the same training scenario under pressure. EXAMPLE: Train on a forcible entry prop until you can’t get it wrong, in a relaxed environment. Once you are proficient, attempt the same scenario while…

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Quick Drill #7

Vehicle Extrication. Knowing the abilities and limitations of the tools that you carry on YOUR rigs. If you are the 1st arriving unit and all that you carry is a Combi-Tool, or something similar, you should know what it is or is not capable of. Acquire an old vehicle and go to work. Consider timing…

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Quick Drill #6

CHEAP & EASY TRAINING PROPS! Everybody has scrap lumber and plywood lying around. If not, it’s not that expensive to purchase. Build you crew a basic wall breach prop. Its simple, effective, and can be very beneficial. Another great simple and practical prop to build is a Denver Drill prop that can be placed in…

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