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    Exclamation SCBA Tests...WE NEED help!

    I am a volunteer FF and wellness coordinator for our city's FD. We are looking to update our SCBA test...the test/drill the dept is currently using is dated and doesn't provide useful and consistent information. We are hoping to incorporate more of a "health and fitness" feel to our test...we currently have started a wellness program for the dept.

    WE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY IDEAS OF ANY TESTS THAT ARE BEING DONE! I imagine that there are some good tests out there that are easy to do, and provide good data for the dept. and crews.

    Thanks!
    Todd Cariveau
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    City of St. Cloud MN

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    Do you have a local Occupational Health Center (usually run out of a hospital or other medical operation) that can provide annual pulminary analysis for your members? That is a good place to start.
    Richard Nester
    Orrville (OH) Fire Dept.

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    Here are a few ideas, depending on exactly what you are looking to test....

    > Search Course - tests orientation and search skills.
    > Entanglement course -tests ability for 2 firefighters to work as
    a team dis-entangleing self/each other during a search.
    > Hose Stretch course - tests fiefighters ability to stretch a line
    through obstacles, up stairs, etc.
    > Fitness Course - tests firefighters endurance while performing
    tasks. Tasks may include stair climb. hose stretch, object striking
    with an axe or sledge, victim drag, equipment carry, etc.
    That would be an excellent one if your primary goal is to measure
    wellness/fitness.
    > RIT course - tests ability to carry designated equiopment in and
    remove victim (firefighter)

    These have worked for me in the past.

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    Originally posted by LaFireEducator
    Here are a few ideas, depending on exactly what you are looking to test....

    > Search Course - tests orientation and search skills.
    > Entanglement course -tests ability for 2 firefighters to work as
    a team dis-entangleing self/each other during a search.
    > Hose Stretch course - tests fiefighters ability to stretch a line
    through obstacles, up stairs, etc.
    > Fitness Course - tests firefighters endurance while performing
    tasks. Tasks may include stair climb. hose stretch, object striking
    with an axe or sledge, victim drag, equipment carry, etc.
    That would be an excellent one if your primary goal is to measure
    wellness/fitness.
    > RIT course - tests ability to carry designated equiopment in and
    remove victim (firefighter)

    These have worked for me in the past.
    couldnt have said it better myself. thats how fdny conditions their probies. its a pretty tough course hose pull, dummy drag, push and pull (6 ft hook) forcible entry, search tunnel. definitly works

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