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  • #16
    If you really want to improve your department, and have less than 3 years on, concentrate on the task aspect of your job. Nothing wrong with having a basic understanding of the tactical and strategic aspects , but your job is mastering the tasks. Let the officers make the tactical decisions, dont put the cart before the horse - you time will come.
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    • #17
      Lotsa ROPE!!!

      Just an idea for training/pre-planning, use rope instead of hose during training. Rope is alot easier to collect, than the hose and you are able to reset the scenario quicker. What is the biggest resistance to training? Reloading the hose. Its heavy and hot work.
      An example would be combining preplanning and training at a school. The apparatus arrives and positions as if on an emergency call. Instead of pulling hose you pull the rope off that is the same length as the hose you have pre-connected and advance into the structure. The rope of course will be attached in some shape, form, or manner.

      You have completed a number of tasks:
      1) Evaluation of engine placement.
      2) How far into the structure can we advance?
      3) Do we need to adjust our hose load for better penetration into the structure?
      4) Do we need to enter through another door?

      By tying knots into the rope every 50ft. you now have an idea where connections are and a distance from the truck.

      This idea of training can be taken a step further by incorporating wood blocks shaped and painted similairly to adapters and fittings on the truck. A ring for female connection and a snap link for the male. This would allow the firefighter to have an idea of what is needed and when to use it on the fire ground.

      Also to throw a sports theme into training would be to have a play book. By keeping the plan simple and calling the play, firefighters arriving on scene will have an understanding of how to position equipment and what hose to run. This of course will have "Options" to adjust for the situation.

      An example would be, "We are going to run Johnson House play with Smithville providing relay." This will communicate the basic info of 1st due will be attack engine and 2nd due will act as supply engine after completing a reverse lay down the driveway to the road, with our tanker doing relay with the Smithville tanker. Everyone that hears this over the radio understands and knows how to set up at the scene.
      Jeffrey

      "Plan for the worst, hope for the best!"

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