Apparatus & Equipment

The use of shipping containers for live fire training at fixed sites or as mobile units has become very popular in North America over the past decade. Much of the training has value to participating personnel, but there are some concerns about direct or indirect dangers to the firefighters being trained and to the trainers.

As for victim drags, we must know how to do this; “just make it happen” is not a plan. We should train to be able to drag a victim 10 to 20 feet (to the front door if in a path of egress or to a window if in a tenable bedroom.)

Daniel Hunt offers suggestions on how to preplan for the removal of a victim who may be too heavy for responders to carry in a medical or other type of emergency, a situation, he says, should be anticipated since statistics show that one in three adults is obese.

The author explains how leaders can train firefighters to prepare for and face potentially traumatic events using methods that significantly reduces the chances of suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. Included are developing strengths in the firefighters that make them physically and emotionally stronger; interpersonal relations, and support and follow-up after the event.