Drill of the Week: Drag Rescue Devices

By Forest Reeder

All NFPA-compliant turnout jackets now have a important life safety device called a drag rescue device. This strap is located inside the turnout jacket and is designed to be a rapid deployment rescue strap that a firefighter can grab to quickly extricate a colleague in distress.

Many manufacturers have developed comprehensive training aids like video clips and all have user manuals that will help assist in the delivery of this drill. Make sure you follow their instructions and complete all steps for returning straps to their proper position after training. This drill should be a mandatory component of your life safety training program.

Download this week’s firefighter training drill as a PDF HERE.

Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.


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