Health & Safety

How Biofeedback Can Benefit Firefighters

Issue 12 and Volume 172.

By Matthew Sapp It’s 3 a.m., and I am riding Rescue 1 on an overtime shift. Dispatch toned the initial alarm out to respond to a working fire that the police officer called in. Unknowingly, that same officer assisted in the fire’s growth by opening the front door to see if the structure’s homeowners were inside, thus giving the fire fresh air. Our unit split into two companies, one group on each division, and made the first-in search. The driver and I searched all rooms on division 1 and completed our search with good visibility. As we approached the stairs to get to division 2, we watched the fire roll upstairs into the attic space—frankly, we were a little envious of the members upstairs doing solid work for the public we serve. After the first five minutes, we fast-forwarded to a hot bottle swap from a slightly used first bottle…

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