Developing an Effective Respiratory Protection Program

By HUGH STOTT Several years ago, the fire service made efforts to get "back to basics." For years, we were exhorted to think outside the box and to be innovative. Structural fires were dropping off in terms of numbers, and the command of solid firefighting skills and experience was diminishing. Unfortunately, numerous firefighters weren't even learning where "the box" was. Then, the pendulum started swinging back, and the basic skills of structural firefighting once again became a focus. Hose handling, ventilation techniques, rapid intervention team (RIT) skills, leadership qualities, and breathing apparatus capabilities were reinforced. Developing a respiratory protec...

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