Evaluating Firefighter Proficiency

TOPIC: EVALUATING FIREFIGHTER PROFICIENCY TIME REQUIRED: SIX HOURS MATERIALS: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AS REQUIRED FOR EACH EVOLUTION REFERENCES: ESSENTIALS OF FIRE FIGHTING, FOURTH EDITION, IFSTA PREPARATION: MOTIVATION...


TOPIC: EVALUATING FIREFIGHTER PROFICIENCY

TIME REQUIRED: SIX HOURS

MATERIALS: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AS REQUIRED FOR EACH EVOLUTION

REFERENCES: ESSENTIALS OF FIRE FIGHTING, FOURTH EDITION, IFSTA

PREPARATION:

MOTIVATION:

OBJECTIVE (SPO): 1-1

The individual or team will demonstrate an ability for performing basic fire fighting skills by successfully completing each of the skill stations in a safe manner.

OVERVIEW:

EVALUATING FIREFIGHTER PROFICIENCY

   * Evaluate Performance

EVALUATING FIREFIGHTER PROFICIENCY

SPO 1-1 The individual or team will demonstrate an ability for performing basic fire fighting skills by successfully completing each of the skill stations in a safe manner.

EO 1-1 Working individually or as a member for a designated team, successfully complete each of the basic fire fighting skills in a safe and efficient manner.

This drill is designed to provide an opportunity for the fire department leadership to evaluate the basic fire fighting skills of their personnel through the performance of specified evolution. The results of this evaluation can be the basis for identifying future training activities. It is expected that the individual or team will complete each evolution in a safe and efficient manner. Items to consider during the evaluation are included with each item. The referenced text will be used as a guide for evaluating performance. Each evolution should be performed in full protective clothing with eye protection required for some evolutions.

I. EVALUATE PERFORMANCE (1-1)

A. Select the tools and explain or demonstrate the procedure for making entry through a double hung window with multiple panes with minimal damage.

  1. Select an axe or haligan bar

  2. Using the forked end of the haligan bar, attempt to pry at the bottom of the window, forcing the

      bottom section upward. The lock should come apart at this point.

  3. If an axe is selected, place the blade of the axe underneath the bottom section of the window and

      lift the handle upward or downward to change the position of the blade. The lock should come

      apart at this point

  4. As an alternative, break out a pane of glass, clear the opening of any remaining glass, and reach in

      and unlock the window

B. Select the tools and explain or demonstrate the method for making entry through a single metal covered fire door equipped with a mortise lock with minimal damage.

  1. Select an axe, haligan bar, and K-tool

  2. Place the K-tool on the lock cylinder

  3. Place the adz end of the haligan bar in the stirrup of the K-tool and tap the K-tool securing in place

      with the back of the axe

  4. Push down on the haligan bar until the lock cylinder begins pulling out.

  5. Continue to pull until the lock cylinder is removed

  6. Insert the proper key tool into the opening where the lock cylinder was removed and unlock the

     door

  7. As an alternative, if the door is pushing in, insert a rabbit tool between the door and the jamb near

     the lock.

  8. Operate the rabbit tool until the lock is opened

C. Identify the major parts of a positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus.

  1. Identify the cylinder

  2. Identify the backpack assembly

  3. Identify the shoulder straps

  4. Identify the waist strap

  5. Identify the regulator (both stages if so equipped)

  6. Identify any controls on the regulator

  7. Identify the PASS device (integrated or separate)

  8. Identify the facepiece

D. Don and put into operation a positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus within 1 minute while attired in full personal protective clothing (coat, pants, hood, helmet, boots, and gloves).

  1. Conduct pre-donning inspection to make sure all the straps are let out and the high pressure hose

      connection is secure

  2. Don the unit using either the coat or over-the-head methods, or removal from a mounting bracket

  3. Don the facepiece, securing all straps in the proper sequence

  4. Check the facepiece for a seal

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