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...


  5. As the firefighter reaches the top of the ladder, a leg lock is taken

  6. The roof ladder is then sled so that the hooks are at the peak of the roof

  7. The ladder is then laid flat so that the hooks can engage against the peak

  8. The firefighter tugs on the roof ladder to make sure the hooks are secured against the roof

S. Working alone, bring a simulated unconscious victim down an extension ladder from a height of at least 15 feet.

  1. The victim is placed on the firefighter’s knee with the victim facing the ladder

  2. The firefighter placed both arms under the arms of the victim, with the hands on the rung while

      protecting the victim’s face

  3. The firefighter proceeds to slide the victim down the ladder, alternating knees in the victim’s crouch

      region

T. Working with another firefighter, conduct a search of a small room such as a bedroom filled with simulated or real smoke, and locate and remove any victims or simulated victims found.

  1. Firefighters mark down to denote entrance

  2. Firefighters turn same direction at all times to maintain orientation

  3. Firefighters check under and on top of objects and in various parts of the room

  4. Firefighters locate and remove any victims found using methods that do not harm victim (consider

      clothing or blanket drag)

  5. Firefighters able to remove victim using point of entry

U. Demonstrate the placement of a positive pressure blower for removal of smoke from an interior room.

  1. Firefighters position blower six to ten feet from entrance

  2. Firefighters check to ensure that cone of air is covering as much of entrance as possible and

      reposition as needed

V. Explain the operational procedure for venting a house to relieve a backdraft condition.

  1. Firefighter indicates signs that might indicate a backdraft condition

  2. Vertical ventilation accomplished at highest point directly over fire

W. Demonstrate the method of carrying and using the axe, pike pole, pressurized water fire extinguisher, and haligan bar.

  1. Axe is carried with blade under arm if flathead axe; point covered with hand if pick head axe

  2. Cutting done on slight angle with cuts being made away from body

  3. Pike pole carried with point forward and pointed downward

  4. Pike pole inserted into material to be pulled, hook pointed away, and pull made downward and

      away from firefighter (when pulling ceiling, start in doorway and work into room)

  5. Pressurized water extinguisher carried using carrying handle

  6. Extinguisher taken to place of usage, pin pulled, nozzle aimed at base of fire, operating lever

      squeezed, and water discharged on fire

  7. Haligan bar carried with adz/point forward and slightly downward

  8. Adz end used for chopping or prying, forked end used for prying, and point used for punching

     holes

NOTE: All tools and appliances will be at the appropriate station and will not need to be removed from the apparatus. All the skills identified are required of a Firefighter I under NFPA Standard 1001, Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, 1997 Edition.

REVIEW:

EVALUATING FIREFIGHTER PROFICIENCY

   * Evaluate Performance

REMOTIVATION: Safe and efficient performance of basic fire fighting skills on the emerency scene are vital to the overall outcome of the incident. With the decrease in the number of incidents where skills may be used, it is important that individuals maintain their skills proficiency. The incident scene is not the place for refresher training.