How does your department train to improve extrication skills?
Hands-on training allows firefighters to develop the skills needed to be a safe and effective rescuer; here are a few ideas to try out at your department
We've all heard the old adage that practice makes perfect. Firefighters, however, take that one step further. Because we can make the difference between life and death, practice must be done until you can't get it wrong.
Proper training techniques can't always be learned by reading a book. In the fire service, hands-on training prepares crews for real-life scenarios and allows you to develop the skills needed to be a safe and effective rescuer. And getting scrap vehicle to tear apart can be hard to come by.
Here are some cutting and spreading training evolutions that our readers shared with us. And if your department has a cool training video, be sure to add it in the comment section below.
1. Extrication training drill with an egg.
Training today. How good are our guys with heavy tools? How about moving an egg from one cone to another using the Jaws of Life.Posted by Islamorada Fire Rescue Department on Monday, December 21, 2015
2. Jenga with cribbing.
You Can't Play This One on the Kitchen Table - 8 MAR 16
Posted by Johnson Creek Fire & EMS Department on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
3. AVET class. Basic tool operation can be taught in-house, but the class provides better hands-on training.
4. Auto extrication training drills.
ACFD Reserve Firefighter Academy Auto Extrication Training
VIDEO: ACFD 2016 Reserve Firefighter Academy Auto Extrication Training with Engine 24 & Rescue 24.Posted by Alameda County Fire Department on Friday, March 4, 2016