Basic Competition Drill

Here is a quick and easy drill that we found on the internet a little while back. It is fun and promotes friendly competition between all members. All you will need is full P.P.E with SCBA, tape tools, a cone and a stop watch or other timing device.

Setting it up takes about 5 minutes. First figure out your starting point,†measure out 10 feet and place a piece of tape on the ground. Place 3 or 4 different hand tools to one side or the other. Measure another 10 feet and place another piece of tape down. Measure about 25 to 30 feet and place a cone or other highly visible marker on the spot. You are now ready to perform the drill.

First you start with a rapid dress drill and start the stop watch. Have members get all†gear on EXCEPT their face piece. Go to the first mark and select one of the tools. Move to the next mark and kneel down and put your face piece on and go “on air.” Make a radio announcement that you are entering the structure to perform a search. Go to the cone and around it then back to the second marker. Make a radio announcement that the search is complete and the time is stopped.

This is just a quick and easy drill to help promote a little friendly competition between your members. If you happen to know which department originally came up with this drill please feel free to let us know so that we can give them a little recognition for a great drill. Take care, be safe and have fun.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K1fGzgGJ10]

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Hollie Broughton
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
I was left feeling a little offended here. Trying to have an open mind, but also trying to figure out why you have to knock Pump operators so badly. Full time, I see your point. But I volunteer. And am a Pump operator/ Firefighter. I was graced with only 48 hours of training and 4…
2014-07-08 19:16:19
Jack Crais
Blanket Rules Vs Training
I enjoyed the ideas espoused in the article, but doesn't the acronym "K.I.S.S." mean "Keep it simple, stupid" or, for those who worry about hurting someone's feelings, "Keep it sweet and simple"?
2014-06-27 18:59:01
dennis
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
it was just a matter of time until this became evident in the fire serice. Unfortunately the dumbing down as you call it, could be a direct result of the nation's professional fire service being forced to hire candidates that have lower grades on their employment exams due to racial and ethnic quotas being enforced.
2014-06-25 17:46:09
Johnny
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
When I was a probie, we had pre-determined pressures, and we knew the friction loss for our hoses, but our Captain ran us through hydraulics classes. While we might not use those formulas, I'm still convinced the understanding is indispensable if one wants to be a great chauffeur.
2014-06-24 05:04:43
Ray McCormack
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
This is defenity part of it. When we are too busy to drill that's one thing but when we don't even get a chance to learn the options that is another issue. Complaints of lazy firefighters will only increase when technology can be blamed and used as the scapegoat for not knowing your job.
2014-06-24 01:24:00

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