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    Question Info on the Denver Drill

    Question, what exactly is the Denver Drill? It's only recently I've heard about and been wondering what it is. Any info at all would be greatly appricated. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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    Ryan,<br />The Denver Drill is a method of quick removal of a fallen firefighter in a structure. It was developed after a firefighter fatality in Denver, CO, when even the biggest guy they had couldn't lift a firefighter up to a window sill from the outside. The firefighter had went down in a Dormer on the second or third floor of the house. The firefighter died in the house before he could be removed.

    The Denver Drill requires 2 firefighters to make entry into the window. One sits on the floor behind the victim with their knees bent up and back against the wall under the window. The second climbs over the victim and faces the window. The victim is lifted by the two firefighters up to the window sill and then pulled out the window by firefighters on the outside. It can be done onto a ladder or on the first floor. This is a skill that takes training and practice to perfect, but is relatively simple.

    If you can find a class on Firefighter Survival, it should cover this exercise.

    Good Luck!

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    Ryan, Ben hit it right on the head. Look at the course listings under the Saving Our Own curriculum. I believe they still teach this drill at FDIC every year. It's a great drill, although it is a drill built around a very specific circumstance and is not neccessarily the best way to evacuate a downed FF from a room. There are several drills and methods to do a rapid recovery of our own folks. In the county I work in we do a county wide saving our own workshop every year, and I've seen the Denver drill done is as little as 45 seconds from first in rescuer to pt. removal. There are several drills in the Self Rescue class that are more applicable, and easier to adapt to a standard rescue situation.

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    Ryan,<br />LadderCapp is also right in his reply. The Denver drill works well under certain circumstances, but most times the firefighter will not be at a window. You may have to drag the victim before removing them from the structure. Make sure you train in as many aspects of Firefighter Rescue you can to cover all the bases. Don't get stuck with just one technique, because Murphy was a Firefighter too. And the time you need to use Firefighter Rescue, is the one time your "only" technique will not work.

    Good Luck and be safe. I just pray you never have to use it!

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    Thanks for the info. As you said, I hope I never have to use it. But still good to train in all aspects of rescue.

    Stay safe out there and hope y'all have a good year.
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