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Tue, 12 Aug 2008|

Jim McCormack describes and demonstrates an SCBA knowledge drill that challenges a firefighter to get on air and transmit a Mayday in a darkened room.



-- In this segment we're gonna go over and SE BA knowledge skill and a mayday transmission. Station. For the May Day message refer back to the last -- segment what we went through what to say and a sequence to go through for you May Day and that will help getting ready for this training session. A lot of people think that -- -- knowledge is only a survival skill. But it couldn't be further from the truth it really a lot of auto rampant in -- and can scale because you need to know everything there is to know about the -- And be able to apply that to a downed -- to solve his problem. So if you think back to the message we talked about in the mid day we'll go through that once in real time but before we do -- we're gonna set the pack up via. To -- -- drill for everybody just keep in mind that when we do this drill. Back -- -- a place during their own department. It needs to be done in a completely blacked out room but what we're gonna do now is showing in the set up of the pack so that you can get it ready to go. So real briefly. Well we take a pack will take this -- into a completely dark darkened room and set it up for the individual -- in the -- in practice skills. So will we take the -- we just want to look at the entire act look at the straps in place. Look at the way the the bottle is attached to the pack and we're gonna start to break things down so that the -- -- -- -- come -- -- solve the problems with. We call this basically an -- -- in College Station. Thinking about the hip -- there's -- ways that you can get air out of that one is the high pressure connection right downhill. On the bottom so what we normally do is just loosen that a couple of turns that's going to force -- -- -- -- command and know everything about its act and tighten things up. The second place -- it would slow it's from the bypass valve so normally what we'll do is come in and also just cracked the bypass valve. Another problem solving. Step for the firefighter and then the last on this not regulate is we hit the -- -- -- So that now it will flow unless they come in and stop but they can stop it from the dolphins which right yeah so we've got air -- -- set -- that they have to troubleshoot. The next thing we would do with the pack. It's just loosen the retaining -- that the bottles loops and again we're looking for them to come in and put this all back together. So that it's functional and in perfect working -- The next thing we do is we always like to come in and tighten the shoulder straps down. So that they have to manipulate those with a -- and and then take the -- out. Connect the -- staff. And then tighten -- down as well. And then lastly what will do is take the harness on the on this face mask and -- no straps. Couple -- so that they have to manipulate it and then simply twisted through. This shoulder strap which is a final step in setting the pack up. A lot of guys will say that you'll never find a -- -- this and that's not really the point here at the point is. You want guys to know their equipment inside and out so that they can solve problems so this is not really a time skill it's more of a proficiency scale. We want them to come in and solve this. -- to run the drill -- that the pack up like this on the inside. Once the acts that up -- bring bring the firefighter into the darkened room. The first thing you want them to do is to get on air as quick as possible this would stimulate the fact that they -- was ripped off for some. -- happened but heiress the most important thing that they have Armenian side. Once they get on -- you want them to immediately transmit a -- over radio this gives them -- in context. Mayday transmission that's something that would happen on the fire ground so they get on -- they're breathing area and now they transmit the May Day which we talked about last time. And then they go to troubleshoot their -- so that they get it fully on. After the -- was transmitted they would activate their past the vice. The reason we don't let that run through the entire session as we just don't wanna be -- at the end of the session so. We have them activate their past device then reset their past the vice. Continue to get everything put on the right way once it's on and everything's in place than they would just exit the room and we would check promote global what they they did. And in the training sessions done. The great session to run through or you could pick any bill might just do this and it it's those confidence and -- -- people proficient with India. Okay remember when you do this drill this will be in a completely blacked out room and this is what you're looking for the fire -- it to do. There -- many days. Lukewarm approach rather than an inch I'm third in the basement and we love with that we need help getting out and you know -- Yeah. A. 58. It's. Okay yeah.

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