Firefighter Training

SURVIVAL TRAINING: FORCIBLE EGRESS TECHNIQUES

Issue 4 and Volume 155.

BY MICHAEL DALEY Fire service statistics show that an average of 100 firefighters lose their lives in the line of duty each year. The National Fire Protection Association reported that 18 percent of line-of-duty deaths in 1999 were the result of firefighters not being able to find a secondary means of egress after they had become trapped. These are statistics no fire department wants to contribute to in any fashion. Our department decided to address this challenge before it might be too late. AN IDEA IS BORN When Chief James Beebe discovered that a local developer was putting up a major distribution complex in a northern area of our district and that a 21/2-story wood-frame dwelling was ready for the wrecking ball, he and his officers saw this as an unparalleled training opportunity for the 34-member department. Beebe convinced the developer to let the department use the structure for a…

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