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Firefighter Skills Vital to Safety and Success

November 30, 2017

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The IVVC Fire Science Program is currently learning a variety of skills to help them in their future careers. Previously they have learned the basic techniques of any firefighter such as how to properly crawl, basic search tactics, and the proper wearing and usage of personal protective equipment.

 

As of late, however, they have started more SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) drills, communications, and firefighter survival. SCBA drills include low profile maneuvering, no visibility drills, and restricted opening drills. At times, these drills may be done all at once.

 

During some of the drills, students have to go crawling through a maze in a building that has been filled with fake smoke. In parts of the maze they must try to make their way through restricted openings to successfully complete the drill.

 

Communication skills are being taught as well, as they are vital in helping firefighters stay aware of themselves, each other, and their surroundings at all times. Students are being taught how to properly talk over the radio and call a mayday in case of an emergency situation. Communication ties into firefighter survival, which is another important skill being learned.

 

Students are being taught how to properly self-preserve, and make sure every person goes safely home at the end of the day. During firefighter survival drills, the class does a number of exciting things; one of which is window escapes. Each skill the students are learning is vital to their safety and success in the future.

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