Drill: Radio Communications

For the longest time firefighters had to fight to be given portable radios while on the fire ground. SO today’s drill ask you, do you know how to fully use your radio? Can you switch to the different zones, and use the different functions it has? Can you activate your emergency escape button or change channels with a gloved hand? All of these are taken lightly but it is not funny when your asked to be on a channel and you did not know it was there, let alone know how to change to it. Also read through your policy on radio communications. If you think of any other drills post them here.

3 Comments

  • blancety says:

    Take 1 firefighter and place them in SCBA in the bathroom. Turn the shower, a radio, hairdryer….make some background noise. The have them give a MAYDAY. (I recommend you do this on a Fireground Channel or on one that isn’t monitored. Make sure you annouce it is a drill if others might here)

    Have the rest of your crew sit and listen. Have them listen and then discuss what they heard. Switch people around and have them practice.

    While doing a walk through for preplanning, stop and turn to your crew and ask them to give you their MAYDAY transmission. LUNAR or whatever you use. Just verbally, not over the radio. Not a radio drill but makes people focus on where they are and how to get out.

  • Engine Captain Missouri says:

    I’ve been able to do this drill on a preplan inspection, works great, after you get past the people with question marks on their face. We have also had the crews during a crew meeting, draw the radios and put in them what does what and how. It worked well, keeping in mind most firemen can’t draw!

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