SCBA Familiarization Drill

In the Photo above the firefighter was preparing to don there SCBA and it became entangled around there head. In the drill below the intent is for firefighters to become familiar with the parts of the SCBA and Don it with zero visibility.

Drill instructions:

The firefighters will need to be in full protective clothing and mask. The mask is to be blacked out and they are to be lead in to a dark area where the SCBA can be taken apart, straps tighten down, or wrapped together. You come up with it. Just make it realistic. This will go hand and hand with your practice of Donning the SCBA and how you conduct your daily check off.


  • cuff2912 says:

    We used to do a version of this drill, but the bottle would be removed from the harness. A firefighter would have to go into the room blacked out and assemble the scba and go on air. Our complaints with this drill is when will I ever have to don my pack in zero visibility. I should already be on air. I understand the concept of familiarization with the equipment though. We have since changed our approach to familiarization of the SCBA. We are working to keep training as realistic as possible.

  • firestudent1 says:

    Cuff, if you don’t mind share with us how you have modified this drill

  • cuff2912 says:

    We now review the parts of the SCBA in the classroom. Then we get dressed in full PPE with SCBA in teams of two. With a blacked out face piece we turn the bottle on, and attach our regulator to the face piece. The firefighters are then instructed to perform various tasks such as activate your pass device, operate your bypass valve. We also work in the RIT connections and buddy breathers. We connect to each others buddy breather, and work with the RIT pack and all of it’s connections. This has worked well for us.

  • firestudent1 says:

    Cuff, I think that will work very well. Thank you for sharing.

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