Leadership

LOW-COST SCBA CONFIDENCE COURSE

Issue 12 and Volume 156.

BY TOM SITZ My shift at the painesville Township (OH) Fire De-partment has developed an SCBA confidence course that can be set up in your apparatus bay in less than 10 minutes at almost no cost to the department. The course has eight evolutions geared toward firefighter safety and breathing apparatus confidence. All of the components are readily available in most fire stations. Equipment required for the course setup includes 10 feet of rope (preferably 8 mm or smaller), a roof ladder, a hinge hook or other door-blocking device, 50 feet of hose, a nozzle, a personal safety rope with carabiners, personal webbing, a knife, a hand tool, and a simulated wall for breaching and reduced profile maneuvers. You must buy the 2 2 4 2 8s; that is where the $10 comes in (photo 1). 1 (Photos by author) Click here to enlarge image For all evolutions, the firefighter’s…

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