April 2017

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April training is refresher material. The training for the rest of the year will include these basic skills. 


Knot Tying

1. Clove Hitch – used to secure the ladder lanyard or tools.

2. Figure 8 – helps in practicing the next two knots; can be used as a “stopper” knot.

3. Figure 8 Follow Through – may be used to secure search rope and carabiner.

4. Figure 8 on a Bight – may be used to secure search rope and carabiner.

5. Water Knot – used to make a large “endless” loop for hose advancement, victim removal, construct a hasty harness, etc.

6. Handcuff Knot – used in RIC.

7. Girth Hitch – many uses; wrap hose, people, tools, etc.

If you need help remembering exactly how to tie each knot consult the website: http://www.animatedknots.com/.
Spend enough time tying so that improvement is seen. Try to tie them in the dark or blindfolded. Try to tie them in different positions. Everyone should gain a minimum of 1 hour tying. Like all skills, tying knots is a perishable skill. To regain familiarity, please review the knots multiple times throughout the month.

Firehouse entry: CFR ISO TRNG / STATION LEVEL / RIC

 


Ladders

Also, get reacquainted with your ladders. Go to your favorite ladder throwing practice spot in district and review one and two man carries as well as ladder raising techniques. If you need ideas on drills, you can find the three 2016 ladder performance standards found at: U:\Training\CFR performance standards 2016\Ladders. Again, please spend enough time so as to see improvement (2 hour minimum). We did station level ladder training last fall. We will continue to review such skills with great frequency.

Firehouse entry: CFR ISO TRNG / STATION LEVEL / LADDER TRNG

 


Fire Behavior & Tactical Considerations

Review the following video and answer the questions below:


1) How much energy is needed to flashover a typical residential room with the door open?

2) What does “VEIS” stand for?

3) What is one easy way to perform the “I” function?

4) At approximately 24:40 in the video, what changes in temperature are seen when flow path is cut off?

Firehouse entry (1 hour): CFR ISO TRNG / STATION LEVEL / VNTILATION