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.
Samuel Hittle offers a drill that asks some simple questions for discussion to help firefighters size up window openings more realistically.
Brian Pond offers instructors in need of new ways to engage distracted students in some important Fire/EMS drills.
What would prompt a firefighter to remove his or her face piece in the IDLH environment? This month's Mayday Monday drill from Tony Carroll explores training possibilities on such an event.
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.
NFPA 3000 Technical Committee
One of the iconic symbols of the fire service is the pickhead fire ax. Raul Angulo looks at some of the considerations for carrying this tool and some tricks of the trade to help with safety concerns.
To combat the issue of short-staffing in rural fire departments, consider these five steps that work time and time again.