After having several very engaging conversations with some good friends and respected colleagues I find myself in an odd place with the Firefighter Basics blog. I was reminded the purpose of the blog was to stay consistent on providing content on the basics and a place to vent, and share Ideas. Blogs these days have turned into much more. That being said Firefighter Basics is going to go back to its roots the Basics, but with a twist. Our Facebook page will continue to bring you content everyday on various thoughts and Ideas shared within our crew, and the happenings around the fire service. Our main site here will be refreshed with a new look, and will provide content on the BASICS of the fire service, Health and Conditioning, training and drilling content. Our intent is to bring you qualitative content and not quantitative. We are looking for some Brothers and Sisters of varying back grounds whom are interested in sharing their knowledge with the fire service. In particular if you are in to the Health and Wellness we are looking for you! If you are into training and drill development we are looking for you! If you are interested please write us a 300 word or less post and Include a BIO in the third person and the best ways to get in touch with you. As stated before the focus will get back to the Basics and we will also have information on how you can bring our crew to your area for training. Starting in June we will be doing a blog talk radio show. Here is a little something to wet your appetite.
SCBA Check Off
1. Check the the straps
2. Check the Backplate
3. Check the cylinder for significant damage i.e. exposed composite material
4. Check the cylinder to see if it is within the correct hydro date
5. Mask up and take a breath off of the cylinder
6. turn the cylinder off, breath off the rest of the air and see if your low alarm alerts on the regulator work. If you have them
7. Manual activate your pass device. with a glove hand
8. let the automatic alert for your pass device go off as well.
9. Check the cylinder to ensure if its full, if not follow your procedure to get it topped off.
10. If you are unsure of any of these steps ask someone, you know that is current with SCBA operations.
You should be arriving at work early enough so that if an alarm comes in at the start of your shift there is no guess work.