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  • tree68
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    Pick up the IFSTA Company Drills book. Plenty of short drills, some good for inside, some good for outside.

    Another good inside activity is preplans and tabletop drills. Just pick out a structure in your district and figure out how you'll handle it. That might seem simple, but factors like long driveways, narrow streets/roads, etc, can throw in wrinkles. Never know, you might generate some spirited discussion. In the end, folks will have a better idea of how to handle a given situation, and you might even have a written preplan.

    Doing a tabletop can be as simple as cardboard cut out to represent apparatus and buildings or as involved as using diecast toys and 3-D representations of buildings.


    Tour a local industrial facility, school, or health facility. Most will be more than happy to accomodate you and point out things you need to know if an incident occurs there. You just need to meet there instead of the firehouse.
    Last edited by tree68; 02-09-2011, 12:21 PM. Reason: Added carriage return before picture.

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  • voyager9
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    The air management drill above is a great idea. We do something similar periodically. In our case I'll have the guys do some physical activity on air until the low air alarm activates. Then there's two different "drills": One where they continue the physical activity which simulates them continuing to work or self-rescue. The other where they stop all activity and try to make the bottle last, which would occur if the RIT was coming in. In both cases time is measured.

    We also had a bunch of props for the Mayday drill created. Nothing fancy.. getting the pack hung up, drop ceiling collapse/entanglement, locked in a closed area..etc and have the members go through their Mayday.

    If you do coldwater/ice rescue the winter is probably the best time to drill on that equipment.

    It's hard to do any MVA/tool drills without the actual cars. Other then going over the mechanics of the tools you could create some whiteboard scenarios.. grab some pictures of previous accidents and have the crew describe what they would do. It's not hands on, but it gets the meat melon working.

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  • fire49
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    Air bag safety

    If you can get some that are not deployed, you can show how fast they inflate

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  • Brick3633
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    yea cold weather training makes it hard to get out and about. Just a few quick ideas I have particpated in..once did a blackout scenario where our airpack had somehow came off our back and entangled (chiefs previously tangled the packs..)we were taken to the pack in total darkness, went on air, and then had to rearrange the pack and put it on correctly..different, but an option..

    another training we did involving the airpack was bottle lifespan..we had about 4 stations set up of physical activities, on air of course, and the idea is to see how long you can last in your bottle. we started time at the beginning, marked time at the low pressure alarm and marked time once the last breath of air was taken (if you make it that far) the idea behind this, is that you can see what your personal time will be to get out of a situation one your low pressure alarm sounds.. station set ups were simple..box of cribbing raise and lower from ground 4 times, a-frame ladder climb that 2, sledgehammer(up and down as if using pike pole) and crawl under a table..you can set it up however you need..pretty neat exercise

    You may also look into online videos or any in house videos you have...there are tons of online articles relating to reading smoke, basic firefighing techniques, RIT, personal escape drills, vehicle extrication techniques, hybrid vehicles, ect. you can review videos now and practice the techniques when the weather warms up a bit if needed..

    just a few things I had on my mind..hope this helps ya!

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  • pvfd1315
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    In house training ideas?

    Im looking for some good ideas for some in house training for the guys on my dept. We are a small dept and we dont run a lot of calls but the guys here love to train. We train every Tuesday night but were it has been snowy and cold we are limited to what we can do. So we have done a lot of the basics like search and rescue and ladder training but im running out of ideas and i dont want the guys to get board with it so any ideas would help! Also most of are calls are mva's so is there any tool training we can do without a car to cut on thanks again.

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