There are few things more annoying on the fireground than an PASS device that does not reset. In a RIT deployment, the activated PASS is your path to members in distress. Once you locate the downed firefighter, the PASS must be reset so that communications can take place.
It seems like a basic skill, but consider that you may encounter a PASS device that you are not accustomed to working with. Even the ones you do know may be in a position where they are upside-down or facing you in an awkward position. Be familiar with as many types of PASS devices as you can, especially those that are on SCBAs in your response and mutual aid areas. A activated PASS device is cause for concern on the fireground and must be addressed as an emergency until proven otherwise. Review your manufacturer’s instructions for this operation.
Download this week’s firefighter training drill as a PDF HERE.