Thu, 14 Nov 2013|
Steedman, Trevor-SCBA Bootcamp
Hello, welcome to FDIC 2014. I'm Trevor [UNKNOWN]. I'm presenting [UNKNOWN] Boot Camp, Firefighter Survivor School. I'm very honored and excited that [UNKNOWN] has invited me back again this year to instruct FDIC and share this program with you. I'd also like to share a bit with you about my back ground and why [UNKNOWN] boot camp is such an essential and important part of firefighter training. Again, my name is Trevor Speedman. I'm a captain with the Ocean City Maryland Fire Department, where I worked since 1988. I currently serve as a city-wide ship commander, and this April will be transitioning to my new assignment as the head of the training [UNKNOWN] section for the department. In my off-duty time, I'm the owner of Strike the Box training, which is a fire, fire service training [UNKNOWN]. Now [UNKNOWN] Boot Camp per [UNKNOWN] Boot Camp Survivor School has been a labor of love and a culmination of efforts over a long period of time, it includes education trainings and [UNKNOWN]. Not solely from my perspective, but also includes those [UNKNOWN] fire service colleagues. I've been very fortunate with my fire service career to have been. Men who were already trained by some excellent instructors, fire officers and fire fighters. And one common thread that we have and we've discussed over our previous training is we identify and recognize a lot of the deficits that we've had coming up in the service, and some of the training that we've received. We did some soul searching also, and readily admit. As instructors we have created deficit for some of the firefighters we've trained. Most of this occurred at a time when we either fully didn't recognize what our strengths or weaknesses were or had to take those corrective actions to overcome the deficits that we had in our own training. So, in fact, we passed along some of those bad habits and deficits to newer generations of firefighters. We wanna share these perspectives with you. We want to go ahead and share this knowledge and insight with you, but most importantly, I want to share with you the sets of skills and drills we've come up with over the years that address some of these deficits, try to overcome them and bridge the gap. So I want you take these field drills and goals back to your department, modify them as needed,. And implement them, and hopefully improve the quality of the FCBA program you currently have. If you don't currently have a FCBA program, this is an excellent opportunity to take these building blocks that we'll give you in this program, and create a solid foundation which will serve your department well into the future, and give a good solid FCBA program, that's gonna serve you very well. Well, the FCBA for us is the lifeblood of a firefighter, it's the basic tenet of our profession, and it's a tool of our trade that absolutely have to be mastered. We spend a lot of time training on different things in the fire service, but rarely any more taking the time to actually master some of the tools or master parts of our training. [UNKNOWN] This is particularly relevent, important now that we've seen some significant changes in the FCBA standards within the past year. We also think that [UNKNOWN] some changes in FCBA technology. These are all very important factors. They're gonna affect other factors within our, our realm of the fire service, and also within, within realm of that FCBA. Particularly in that of air [UNKNOWN]. Our air management policies, our air management practices are probably going to change dramatically. Or should change dramatically based on the technology [INAUDIBLE] When we go back and talk about the technology we also have to address certain issues with that. Prior service technology typically allows us to do our jobs better, safer, and faster which is a wonderful thing in most cases. Unfortunately we've also seen a trend where many firefighters have become so over-reliant on technology that they have abandoned their basic skills and especially their basic survival skills when it comes to SCBA. For those of you that have been in the fire service for a long time, you remember some of the things you used to do as far as survival breathing and those things have kind of gone by the wayside in many cases. So what we teach is what we call a continuum of survival. Where, if something does go wrong with that technology, we will show you the methods, the techniques and incorporating these skills and rules by putting it all together. You can take back to your department and hopefully have a more survivable situation. We keep our firefighters safer. We can help them master the basic tenets and pieces of equipment of their profession. And be more proficient firefighters, manage their air better, be up to the standards, and make sure that we're safe, and we can get, we get to go home at the end of the day, hopefully. So these are all things we want to bring to you in this class. We're really looking forward to coming out to Indianapolis and teaching this again. Certainly looking forward to it, and thank you all for stopping by and checking out this class. And please, you know, train as if your life depends on it because it does.