Evaluating Firefighter Proficiency


  5. Turn on the cylinder

  6. Connect facepiece to regulator and begin breathing air

  7. Make sure all protective clothing is being worn properly and no skin is exposed

  8. Make sure there are no air leaks

E. Identify the hydrostatic test date on a positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus cylinder and refill the cylinder to the appropriate pressure using a cascade system.

  1. Make are connections between the cylinder and the cascade system

  2. Open cylinder valve

  3. Note pressure reading in cylinder

  4. Open cascade cylinder with pressure greater than SCBA cylinder

  5. Continue process until pressures are equalized and cylinder is full

  6. Close cylinder valve and bleed pressure before disconnecting high pressure hose line from cylinder

  7. Consider the use of a protective device in which to secure the cylinder during filling operations

  8. Consider filling the cylinder slowly to reduce heat buildup

F. Demonstrate the method for checking the condition of lifeline rope and explain what is being checked.

  1. Inspect at least every three feet

  2. Look for discoloration, melting of fibers, cut or damaged fibers, potential chemical damage, or

      apparent stress of the material

G. Tie a bowline, clove hitch, half hitch, figure eight on a bight, becket bend, and safety knot, all within 2 minutes.

H. Hoist a pike pole, haligan bar, smoke ejector, and roof ladder to a height of at least 20 feet using the proper knots and safety practices.

  1. Tie a clove hitch around the end of the pike pole and one or two half hitches on the pole with the

       last one being at the hook

  2. Tie a clove hitch, around the haligan bar near the fork, pass the rope through the fork, and tie a half

       hitch under the adz/point end

  3. Tie a bowline through the handles of the smoke ejector

  4. Form a bowline or figure eight on a bight that is big enough to go around the beams of the ladder,

      run the knot down the ladder about one-third of its length, pass the knot through the rung and back

      up the underside of the ladder until it reaches the tip, pass the knot over the tip, and take up the

      slack in the rope

I. Working alone, cover an arrangement of furniture using a salvage cover which has been folded in a one-person fold.

  1. Place the furniture in a pile with consideration to protecting breakables and keeping items easily

     damaged by water off the floor

  2. Place the cover on the top of the pile and proceed to unfold it

  3. Tuck the ends under the pile of furniture

J. With the assistance of another firefighter, fold a salvage cover for one-person usage.

K. Explain the application and operation of a double male, double female, gated wye, siamese, fog nozzle, and solid stream nozzle.

L. Using a modified flat load, pull and advance a pre-connected 150-foot, 1-1/2-inch, 1-3/4-inch, or 2-inch attack line. Once pulled, demonstrate the position on the nozzle and application of the water for interior firefighting using the direct method of attack.

  1. Hose should be pull so that there is adequate hose near the point where the nozzle is to be used

      rather than all the hose being piled near the apparatus

  2. Person on nozzle should be a kneeing position

  3. One hand should be securing the hose while the other hand is controlling the nozzle shutoff and


M. Lay out and charge a 3-inch, 4-inch, or 5-inch supply line using a hydrant valve.

  1. Hydrant valve is connect to steamer connection on hydrant

  2. Supply line is point in direction of hose lay

N. Advance 150 feet of pre-connected 2-1/2-inch hose (uncharged) up an extension ladder. Exit the ladder onto a roof or in a window and secure the hose to the ladder.

  1. Hose is under arm, across chest, with nozzle over shoulder of person advancing hose

  2. Individual steps off ladder on same side as hose is draped

  3. Sufficient hose is taken to reach target

  4. Hose is secured to ladder with rope hose tool or hose strap