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Firefighter Survival Maze

Mon, 21 Nov 2011|

Leigh Hollins demonstrates a prop used to teach firefighters good air management practices and mask confidence.



Hello, this is Lee Hollands with Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue in Manatee County. We're doing various training minute videos, on realistic training props. And I would just like to bring to your attention, that these, particular scenarios we're doing, are not instructional scenarios. This is not for instructional purposes. It's to show, how you can use these various props. Is what it's all about. So we try to be realistic but we have some brand new recruits that we're using for this particular segment. And, we have some experienced people also and we have some experienced officers. We don't want anyone to try to pick apart the actual tactics that are used. It is just to show how these props can be used in various ways, okay? So we just want to bring that to your attention. Thank you. [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [pause] [music] Hello, this is Battalion Chief, Leigh Hollins, with Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue in Manatee County, Florida. And we're talking about realistic training props. One of the props that we're going to look at here, is the firefighter survival maid. This particular maze is used to teach firefighters SCBA air consumption, as well as mask confidence. It's not any kind of search maze. It's simply, is used to acquaint a firefighter who possibly hasn't used SCBA very often, with the various. Components at ESCBA, how it's gonna work for them, how they're gonna be able to operate in very dark, very small, very tight places. This particular maze is an old mobile home single-wide. It's about 48 feet long by 12 feet wide and within this maze we have over 200 feet of area that firefighters will. Go through, we have various props inside, including a rubble area of collapse. We have trusses inside, we have wires to entangle firefighters, we have very tight areas that they need to navigate through, and, in addition to that, we have about 6 different. Hatch doors that we can open and close to change up the maze, and literally hundreds and hundreds of variations between those hatch doors that can be opened and closed and whether the firefighter does a left-hand search or right-hand search. We also have four different doors that we can open within this maze in case someone is to get in trouble within that maze, meaning they're very uncomfortable or they have a medical issue or whatever, where we can access the firefighter and not have to drag them, literally, through all that maze area to remove them from this prop. So we want to look at the safety factor there, and that was something that was incorporated into this maze. So what we'll do is we'll go ahead inside the maze. We'll follow a firefighter as he navigates his way through the various props here. Now normally, once the doors on this particular prop are close, it's pitch dark inside with the exception of, there is an instructor area in the middle that is full height where the instructor can monitor the progress of the firefighter or firefighters in this particular prop. Other than that, once those doors are close, it's pitch dark inside, and the firefighter cannot see anything. They're not allowed to use lights in this particular scenario we will be filming inside with lighting. So we will go ahead and black out the firefighter's mask for realism. But that's the key to everything, is to make it as real as possible and try to have the firefighter conserve air, and try to operate within a very very intense environment and still maintain their composure and their breathing. So we'll go ahead and give that a try. Okay, I'm going to lead you to the door. You're gonna go left at door one. And then you do a right hand search. Just stay right, okay? >> Okay. >> Go in this door and hang a left. And you'll find another door. Watch your head. Alright, get on your knees and find a door. You go on in there and then you stay right, there's a handle just above, a little bit above, right there. Right? And you stay right here and search. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Don't even force anything. If it don't work, stay on that right wall until you go. [BLANK_AUDIO] All right, Brandon, back out and then come straight ahead. [MUSIC] >> [UNKNOWN] is clear. Ready to go. Keep coming this way. Go to your right elbow along that bottom corner and swim. There you go, you're a big guy man, keep swimming. Push those wires up and away. Good, alright you can make it though. Good job, good job, you're okay. Keep swimming, got your left shoulder, swim with that one, there you go. Once you get past that one you're gonna be good. Almost, almost, almost. Swim it, swim it, there you go. Alright, stay on, stay on that same route, right there. Okay. You're all right. Take a rest if you need to. Get your mind set. That one might be a little too tight. >> Okay, I'm stuck. >> Okay. All right, now stay on that course where you were. Go in that other corner by your bottle. There you go, you're almost through now. You go couple more wires. Now stay down in that corner at the bottom. Good job, you're doing great man. Keep swimming, keep swimming. Okay, now come forward [INAUDIBLE] over here. I want you to get through there. Stay right. [INAUDIBLE] Good job. [INAUDIBLE]. Good job. Alright. Go left, then right straight ahead. Go on out the door. [MUSIC] Your gonna go right down the deadend [INAUDIBLE] [MUSIC] Keep going straight ahead. Don't snap the hatch. (Loud music planing in background.) [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [SOUND] [SOUND]. Keep going straight. Stay on that left wall. There's a ramp you're gonna go up. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [NOISE] [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Okay you're gonna feel a door on your right and you'll find a door knob. That's the doorknob, right there. Good job, man. Excellent. >> This is Lee Hollins. Thanks for watching Fire Engineering's Training Minute videos.

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