Great Video by Dale G. Pekel, on YouTube, for Donning your SCBA more effectively.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
County regulators ordered the department to remove the devices last week after fire officials were unable to produce documentation showing Compton firefighters had been properly trained to use the equipment.
The action comes after The Times disclosed in March that nearly one in four city firefighters lacked a permit to perform emergency medical care, a key credential required by other local fire agencies.
“If they aren’t going to follow directions and it’s not going to be a safe use of the equipment then you have to put a stop to the program,” said Cathy Chidester, head of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, which oversees 911 service in the area.
Officials say it may take several weeks to train the firefighters or verify their credentials. In the meantime, some units that arrive first at the scene of a cardiac arrest could be limited to providing CPR until highly trained paramedic rescuers arrive to deliver an electronic shock.
Let us never forget the tremendous sacrifice our firefighters, their families and coworkers make. Their efforts and legacy must be one of honor, remembrance and learning. Hear, in their own words, their story. Special thanks goes out to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for this presentation and the their tireless efforts to assist firefighters in getting home.
To my friends in the Charleston, S.C., Fire Department, I am proud of your long, albeit painful, and continuing recovery process. Your story is one of lament, progress and hope. Your strength and resilience is inspiring.
A lesson for us all…
The Ultimate Sacrifice…
It is our greatest hope that firefighters will recognize trouble and exit the roof or upper floors before it becomes too late. The use of thermal image devices and training in flash-over simulators are giving firefighters better ‘intel’ concerning changing conditions on the fire-ground. Unfortunately, “Situational Awareness” is still lacking severely.
Loss of or limited egress options are causing firefighters to use personal escape rope or personal escape devices/systems. Firefighters must review indicators indicators and the decision list for deployment.
Firefighters must also become completely familiar and train with their specific system to become comfortable and confident in its use.
Thank you, Dr. Burton Clark, NFA, for your tireless efforts on behalf of firefighters and the important awareness of “May-Day” Training.
The “culture of the fire service” continues to be a barrier for firefighters to call for help when they need it. You’re in a fire. The situation is getting worse. You become lost, separated, low on air, you take a fall, the building or floor collapses; and we have firefighters debating, with themselves, on whether they are going to call for help or not.