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Contingency Planning in Training

Mon, 4 Feb 2013|

Paulie Capo and crew demonstrate using the P.A.C.E. methodology (Primary, Alternative, Contingency, Emergent) for training firefighters of various skill levels in down firefighter packaging. Sponsored by Safety Components.



[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hello. I'm Paulie Capo and welcome to this episode of Training Minutes. Today we're gonna be going over PACE methodology to train our firefighters. We're gonna use firefighter packaging as our example to demonstrate this. PACE stands for primary, alternative, contingency, and emergent. The purpose of PACE is to train our fire fighters with different levels of skill sets on the same topic, with out boring our experienced fire fighter or overwhelming the junior member. The second advantage of this method is to introduce contingency plans into our training. So our fire fighters will execute seamless transitions, ending with the successful outcome. Let's watch our firefighters pack in a down firefighter. [MUSIC]. [MUSIC] This is great and all, but we can't only teach this method when we achieve packaging our downed firefighter. There are times in our dynamic field where isn't always achievable. So we're gonna need an alternative plan. So now let's watch Kevin come in and do our alternative plan for this method. [MUSIC] In this example the waist belt was unable to be connected between the firefighters legs. If no alternative plan was taught, we could find one first [UNKNOWN] that's repeating the same accident over and over, until they succeed or die trying. So Kevin now, went over the alternative plan. The [UNKNOWN] fire plan. [MUSIC] In this contingency plan the firefighter was found with his waist belt not buckled. If we don't train on scenarios like this we will find ourself trying to process a solution but we don't raise to the occasion, at times we sink to the level of our training. So, now we institute a contingency plan in this scenario. Now last week, we're going to go to a worst case scenario and Tommy is gonna show us an emergent plan on firefighter packaging. [MUSIC] Lastly the fire fighter is found with the air pack ripped off. In this scenario after Tommy addressed any air concerns he then put on a hasty harness to help him drag the fire fighter out of the ideal h atmosphere. As well as create multiple plans this is an excellent way to challenge all members of different experience levels while doing the same drill. As the junior member accomplishes the primary plan, the senior firefighter will accomplish the alternative, contingency, or emergent plans. Another way to progress down this ladder, is to introduce multiple forms of stimuli. Whether it is the blackout masks, or create distractions at the primary plans are proficient of course. Hopefully this will help you in training your different levels of firefighters, as well as drilling out contingency plans. I'd like to thank our sponsors, Safety Components, and Saint Petersburg College Fire Training Center. Thank you for watching another episode of Training Minutes.

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