The above link will take you to the Full Guidance Documents & Links
Take a look at this simple but effective Mask Confidence and May-Day training evolution. Many times firefighters find themselves in trouble, when they lack situational awareness. They panic or even call for help too late.
Notice the importance or air management and communication. These two issues, along with others (teamwork, situational awareness and practice), aid the entangled or trapped firefighter to participate in his/her own rescue.
Rigorous and routine training in mask confidence will build up the attitude and skill set needed. Calling the MayDay, when MayDay parameters are encountered, will aid greatly in more positive outcomes.
I, recently, had a super session with some firefighters on just talking through the basics of safety and survival.
Questions like: How do you orient yourself, while moving through a building? How do you communicate with each other? How do you navigate additional hazards? How do you maintain accountability and crew integrity; when the fecal matter hits the ventilation system???
Which Way is Out????
It was a productive and informative session. (and I hope they got something out of it too….LOL). #fireofficertrust
TIME to ACT: Review your agency’s MayDay procedures today! Update them, if needed. Train on them until you know them cold!
The firefighter you save could be you!
FDIC Promotions and Class Sessions
|Every year the Coalition offers a “special” rate membership during FDIC. This year the focus is on fire departments. After sending last month’s email, it became apparent that the offer needs to be extended outside of FDIC as so many department budgets have been cut that traveling to FDIC isn’t an option. For that reason, between now and the end of FDIC, the following offer will apply to all fire departments that wish to join. Simply download the forms and send to the Coalition.This year’s fire department membership can be purchased for $75.00 (one-time fee) and includes the following:
The second promotion is the individual lifetime membership for $20.00 and will only be offered during FDIC.
The third promotion benefits the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN). Thanks-a-Knot, a Phoenix-based business, brands professions and groups with knotted bracelets. It’s mission is simple: helping others. As a kick-off for 2015, Thanks-a-Knot selected the fire service as its first profession to brand with red, black and gray Knots. Stop by the booth to purchase your Firefighter Thanks-a-Knot for only $5.00 – $1.00 of which will be donated to FCSN. The goal is to donate $1,000.00 – so please help us make the donation a reality.
Booth Number: 10042 (Maryland Street Corridor)
FDIC Classroom Sessions:
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 10:30 am: Jason Krusen presents Smells, Bells & Spills
The focus is on the many concerns associated with everyday responses to natural gas emergencies, calls involving carbon monoxide, as well as fuel spills. Safety concerns are discussed along with how to address them and what to look for. Participants are given suggestions for leading by example on the calls and ways to change the behavior of companies operating on the scene. Participants are given ideas and guidelines for mitigating these incidents, as well as training tips for use in their departments. Recent calls involving these incidents are also discussed.
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:30 pm: Rob Schnepp presents Fire Smoke: The Impact of Inhalation, Ingestion and Absorption and Preventing the Exposure
This program unequivocally proves that if firefighters do not change personal behaviors, they can expect disease and illness to eventually rob them of a healthy life. Students gain information, including new research about personal protective equipment (PPE) and the need to prevent exposure to fire smoke because of its toxic impact on their lives. Many departments have instituted air-management protocols that will prevent exposure through inhalation, but not all understand that inhalation and absorption continue when the body is repeatedly exposed to toxic substances through PPE. Students see why carbon monoxide is not the only substance to fear on the fireground.
“Know Your Smoke” 2015 Training – New Venues!
For those who have yet to attend “Know Your Smoke” – take a moment and listen to a few thoughts about the training.
This graphic video is not to second guess or “armchair quarterback” an incident. It is, however, a brief snapshot into an evolving incident. A snapshot that allows all of us, who “are of the cloth” (Blue), to say, “there but for the Grace of God...”.
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to our Fresno Family.
There has been a lot of discussion and, as always, that is how we learn and hone our craft.
Anyone with further information…please, respectfully, post in the comment section. Stay safe out there…