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    Lightbulb Training Scenarios.....what do you use?

    I am looking to find out what kind of different training classes you do at your station to keep people interested. Currently, our training attendance is up because we have started offering some new techniques and more hands on stuff. Also, we feed them supper on the first Monday night of the month as an incentive.

    Let me know what works for you all. I am sure everyone could use the ideas!

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    I don't have a whole lot of time to go in to all the details, but I have had success with making firematic drills into some sort of competition.

    For example, I do a Thermal Imaging camera drill that has you find various items (sort of like a scavenger hunt)in a dark room using only your imaging camera - no handlights, etc. See who finds the most items off the list in the shortest amount of time while still being firematically safe (i.e communicating with your partner, etc).

    I find that guys get so wrapped up in trying to win that they don't even know that they have trained, yet they have and they've gained good hands on experience

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    A drill that I've conducted that I like is to find a building or even the fire station and have the firefighter in full gear with SCBA. Then pull the hood backwards to obscure the vision and lead the FF somewhere. Once at the appointed place we would spin the FF around multiple times and then have the FF try to find their way out. Also fun to videotape them so the others can watch.

    Also one that I heard about but haven't tried is playing basketball with SCBAs on. The team with the most points and least amount of air used wins.

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    RyanEMVFD...We've done the basketball in SCBA's thing...It was a hoot! (got some pics, wish we had video).....Basic rule was, when your bell rings, you get off the court. So the teams dwindle down until you have eventually have one guy shooting hoops alone. We have one little guy, a captain, who weighs about 120 lbs and can stretch an SCBA for about an hour, I think. Needless to say, he had the court to himself after awhile!

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    The shed at the back of the the station gets a real workover, with scenarios ranging from simple interior structure fires, to requiring rescues, hazmat spills, the list is endless. A smoke machine and some date expired marine flares make a very realistic structure fire (just remember to call the dispatch centre and let them know about your frolics as it is a bit embarrasing to be responded by pager to your own excercise at the back of your own fire station - dispatch received five calls in a minute the first time we ran this!).
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    Here are a couple of the drills that they seem to enjoy. I hope these help.

    1. We built a four foot high by eight foot long section of wall out of scrap 2X4's. There are a couple of bolt on strand board triangular pieces for the two ends, so that it is free standing. It facilitates practicing SCBA low-profile manuevers as well as pack removal while leaving mask in place drills for passing through breeched walls. A good survival skill as well as fun.

    2. Another SCBA drill we run is a donning/doffing drill. We have them operate in full PPE and don and doff in different modes, such as normal mode; with hoods on backwards to obscure vision; remove pack, but not mask and redon; remove pack, but not mask, change your own bottle (without breathing ambient air) and redon, all with gloves on; all evolutions are timed; may be done in a competition format;all can be done both with and without hood backwards,etc. Gets personnel very in touch with their SCBA, so they can do it with their eyes closed, so to speak.

    3. Handline deployment. Apparatus pulled out in front of station, running. Two man crew in full PPE, including SCBA pulls a 1 3/4" 150' line. They have to enter through a door, follow a marked course weaving through pieces of equipment inside, exit a rear overhead door, eyeball theri 2 1/2 gallon bucket target, radio for the line to be charged, bleed the line and hit the target. It is set up in such a fashion that if they leave too much slack line as they deploy, it wont reach out of the rear door. Also if they try to pull all the slack up, it will hang up under apparatus wheels,etc. Also served us as a drill for pump operators in training. Also required crews to repack the line they used. We used one Mattydale and a front bumper line alternately, so the next crew didn't have to wait for the last line used to be repacked.

    4. Following a previous class on sprinkler systems, arranged to go out on a Sunday morning and actually see some of the systems. Went into a Convalescent Home and showed the different types of sprinkler heads we had studied, looked at the different types of valves, etc. Went around to several locations throughout our district and showed PIV valves, WPIV valves, locations of FDC's, tamper switches, proximity to hydrants, sprinkler gongs,etc. They seemed to enjoy it and it prompted many thoughtful questions on the part of the students.

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    What I have done recently was to build a roof simulator to practice cutting holes in the roof.

    We had some extra roof trusses from building our garage in back of the fire station. These trusses were laying there for a very long time and I just decided to use them. 2 guys with great talent and time during the day put these trusses up on pallets to get it up off the ground and spaced them like on a real house. The whole thing was braced up so it wouldn't fall over. Then the high school donated scrap plywood and that was placed on top. We simulated this as a roof and practiced cutting holes without cutting the trusses. For the most part, we managed NOT to cut the trusses.

    This was great training not only in cutting practice but equipment familiarization, and the experience of working with a roof ladder and putting it all together. The "roof" will only be good for 1 more practice then will be cut up for live burn training. Next time everyone will wear SCBA and I will toss in some variables.

    I'm sure a local hardware store or lumber company would be glad to donate materials to the fire dept. Don't expect top notch quality but you can make it work. My next project is to make a wall and ceiling to simulate overhaul and wall breach training.
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    Another thing I like to do is put everyone's name in a hat. I pull out 5 names, one position on the the engine at time regardless of rank or seniority. They get in that position, the truck drives out of the station, stops at our training trailer in back.(a full size trailer house donated after a fire that we fixed up with a sprinkler room and used for public education) They pull a line, go to the far end of the trailer and knock over a cone placed outside the door. All of this is timed and all personnel wear full PPE. It is a good drill to keep skills that you don't normally use on a daily basis. The rest of the dept are the examiners and keep track of things that were not done in the most efficient manner, not the "wrong" way, just "not efficient."

    Hope this helps a bit, Stay low and stay safe.
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