Firefighter rescue starts first with members being prepared to save themselves when things go bad. Next firefighters must be prepared to save their partner when they are in need. Then, and only then members must be trained and prepared to save THEM, the people we are sworn to protect.
Solving the Firefighter Rescue Paradigm is a powerful reminder that firefighting will always be a dangerous profession. Students will learn firsthand that by being properly trained and prepared they can overcome many of the mental and physical obstacles which lead to death and injury on today's fireground.
Using modern statistics, like Chief Don Abbott’s Project Mayday, students will see exactly where firefighter death and injury is statistically predictable and more avoidable with the correct awareness and preparation.
Students will first learn how to train for the best chance to save themselves from many of the situations identified in Project Mayday. They will learn how to troubleshoot and escape some of the firefighting pitfalls. They learn that Rapid Intervention Teams (RIT) are seldom fast enough and that statistics prove they’ll most likely solve their own MAYDAY event with the preparation and developed skills gained from this class.
Once students have learned our self-rescue skills, they’ll learn how to save their partners when in need. Here students will learn necessary skills involving drags, carries and movement of down members. The student will become proficient in moving a down member using DRD, SCBA conversion, Webbing and Multi Loop Rescue Strap (MLRS). This section transitions into the horizontal and vertical movement of victims utilizing various Hasty Rescue Devices like the Stokes Basket, SKED and FAST Rescue Board. Students will become proficient in rescuing members from nationally recognized rescue scenarios such as Denver Drill, Nance Drill and Pittsburgh Drill to name a few.
At class end students will participate in combined exercise designed to bring the learned knowledge, skills and abilities into play during a stress induced scenario designed to develop critical thinking and decision making while utilizing effective communications and team building.
At days end the students will participate in a tailboard critique and sharing of thoughts of the day.
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