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...


O. Connect a section of 2-1/2-inch or 3-inch hose with 2-1/2-inch couplings to a section of 1-1/2-inch, 1-3/4-inch, or 2-inch hose with 1-1/2-inch couplings.

  1. Reducer is placed on male connection first

  2. Female hose connection is fastened to reducer

P. Working with another firefighter, lift, carry, and raise a 24-foot extension ladder. Once raised, each person should climb, take a leg lock, and foot the ladder alternatively.

  1. Firefighters work as a team

  2. Firefighter at heel gives initial commands

  3. Ladder is advanced to building heel end first

  4. Heel is spotted approximately one-quarter working length from building

  5. Heel is placed on ground

  6. Firefighter at heel assumes position to foot ladder by squatting with feet on bottom rung

  7. Ladder is raised to a vertical position with firefighter on outside of ladder watching for overhead

      obstructions

  8. Firefighters reposition on ladder so that firefighter on inside of ladder has side of one foot and one

      shoulder against one beam while other firefighter has one foot against same beam and is holding

      both beams with hands

  9. Halyard is pull by firefighter on inside of ladder to extend fly section

  10. Firefighter on outside of ladder determines correct extension

  11. Once raised to proper height, firefighters reposition for lowering into building

  12. Firefighter on outside of ladder assumes footing position with one foot on bottom rung

  13. Firefighter on inside of ladder keeps back straight and arms outstretched

  14. Ladder is lowered slowly into building

  15. Angle of ladder is checked by standing on bottom rung with arms outstretched so that palms rest

        comfortably on rungs

  16. Adjustments are made as needed to achieve proper angle

  17. Before climbing, halyard is secured and dogs are checked to make sure the have both engaged

  18. Ladder is footed by standing on underside of ladder and holding onto beams

Q. Working with two other firefighters, lift, carry, and raise a 35-foot extension ladder.

  1. Firefighters work as a team

  2. Firefighter at heel gives initial commands

  3. Ladder is advanced to building heel end first

  4. Heel is spotted approximately one-quarter working length from building

  5. Heel is placed on ground

  6. Firefighter at heel assumes position to foot ladder by squatting with feet on bottom rung

  7. Ladder is raised to a vertical position with firefighters on outside of ladder watching for overhead

      obstructions

  8. Firefighters reposition on ladder so that firefighter on inside of ladder has side of one foot and one

      shoulder against one beam while other firefighter has one foot against same beam and is holding

      both beams with handsThird firefighter is positioned against other beam with toe against side of

      beam and both hands on beam

  9. Halyard is pull by firefighter on inside of ladder to extend fly section

  10. Firefighter on outside of ladder determines correct extension

  11. Once raised to proper height, firefighters reposition for lowering into building

  12. Firefighters on outside of ladder assumes footing position with inside foot on bottom rung

  13. Firefighter on inside of ladder keeps back straight and arms outstretched

  14. Ladder is lowered slowly into building

  15. Angle of ladder is checked by standing on bottom rung with arms outstretched so that palms rest

       comfortably on rungs

  16. Adjustments are made as needed to achieve proper angle

  17. Before climbing, halyard is secured and dogs are checked to make sure the have both engaged

  18. Ladder is footed by standing on underside of ladder and holding onto beams

R. Working alone, demonstrate carrying a roof ladder up an extension ladder and placing it on a roof.

  1. Roof ladder is carried to location heel first

  2. Roof hooks are opened before ladder is taken up extension ladder

  3. Firefighter is positioned near center of roof ladder with upper beam on shoulder

  4. As firefighter nears the top of the ladder, the roof ladder is sled on the roof on its lower beam