Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

Manage Your Air, Manage Your Survival

Issue 4 and Volume 167.

BY CHARLES L. FRENCH JR. In 2008, the book Air Management for the Fire Service1 written by a group of Seattle firefighters was published. Little did I know what kind of impact this book and its authors would have on my department, training, and attitude concerning self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). It wasn’t until 2011 that I heard of this book, much less gave a second thought to air management and its effects on the fireground. I was like everyone else in the fire service: When my end-of-service time indicator (low-air alarm) activated, then I would think about leaving the interior of the fire building. Now I realize just how erroneous, dangerous, and ignorant this type of thinking can be. During the fall of 2011, I was assigned to develop company drills for my fire department. This was a huge task. It took me close to six months to complete—developing the…

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