|An intensive 8 hour
hands-on session by firefighters for firefighters. The
scenarios and skills are based on actual incidents. The
emphasis throughout the class is on simplicity, speed and success.
Participants learn the basic tools, skills, mindset and teamwork
needed to survive and recover downed comrades. Armed with
these basic abilities, firefighters can adapt them to overcome
many fire ground obstacles and keep themselves and each other
||Movement of Downed
Firefighter Using Drags, Carries, Body Loops and Ropes
Includes movement of firefighters up stairs. It's not
as easy as you think, especially on steep and narrow stairs.
||Ladder Carries Using Single
How to place ladders, loading and carrying a firefighter
down with and without SCBA (works on civilians too).
Sizing up the window for the safest and fastest rescue.
How to use a rope and the SCBA to lower firefighters is also
||The "Nance" Drill
Learn recovery of firefighters through a hole in the floor
using a rope. Considerations for widening and reinforcing
the hole, knots and placement, getting rescuers in and out and
protection are all reviewed.
||The infamous "Denver Drill"
Several methods are shown and emphasis is on techniques in
this excellent team builder.
||Rapid Intervention Ladder
Ladders placed for lowering or emergency egress are
different than those placed for climbing and access only.
Just like forcing exterior doors, a well-placed ladder creates
opportunities for self-rescue. Creating these options is
an important part of the RIT's job.
||Rapid Building Exiting
This important skill can be done using any number of
methods. Maintaining and regaining orientation,
recognizing all structural characteristics in the room or
building and rapid location of points of egress are just the
start of your exit.
||Headfirst Ladder Slide
When done properly this controversial lifesaving technique
is safe, but done improperly can be as dangerous as any fire
ground hazard. Proper ladder and hand placement is covered
as well as two techniques for quickly leaving a bad environment.
Good confidence builder.
||Escaping a Window or Roof via
a Personal Escape Rope or Webbing
A simple and fast skill that requires only the rope and
sometimes a tool as an anchor. No harnesses or descent
devices needed. The hang and drop is discussed also.
Breaching doors, walls and floors. Relief from an
untenable situation may only be 6 inches away. Emphasis on
speed, simple hand tools, reducing your profile and
understanding the building features to aid your exit.
||Mask Confidence Course
This is a very important station, as the title indicates,
for building confidence in your ability to move safely at zero
visibility. Depending on the structure, time and skill
level of participants, any number of obstacles can be presented;
negotiating stairs with no treads, moving through and
disentangling from wires, maintaining orientation to your exit,
Mayday procedures, air management, mask trans-fill procedures,
rescue air procedures, diminished clearances, rafter areas,
identifying building features, etc.
The class uses standard fire
company equipment. The techniques are purposely designed to
allow them to performed by any fire company. A ladder, rope,
hand tool and carabineer are the equipment needed. More
equipment can be added as available, but this is a default level
class. Throughout the class students are shown new uses and
reasons for always having a tool. A pike pole, axe and
especially a halligan tool increase options for the person or team
It is our belief that anybody
operating on the fire ground should have these skills - including
incident commanders or anyone responsible for supervising
firefighter rescue. This a physically demanding hands-on
course Students are
encouraged to be self-limiting. All above
grade drills are completed with a belay line.
This class is not intended to
suggest policy or deployment protocols. This class covers
some of the options available to a lost firefighter facing high
heat or low air and those who find an incapacitated firefighter
and need to remove them immediately.