It may seem simple but watch any video, look at any recruit class even veteran firefighters mess this one up. Getting this one right usually makes the difference from “man that was a close one” to “MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY”.
The good part about this is that it does not have to be an in-depth drill. I know some people who have a prop done up for this but really all you need is a section of hose and couple it together. The you can have the guys in your crew black out there masks put them on, and them hand them the coupling. If you want to be more in-depth put them in gear, and disorient them (spin them around, place them in the middle of a long section of hose) and have them crawl to a coupling and make the determination. Also make sure you are doing this in FIRE GLOVES!!!
Some people like to use the “bumps to the pumps” saying to remember which way to go, and while this works nothing beats the muscle memory of actually feeling these bumps.
So get out there and put your shift through this simple, yet life saving drill. It doesn’t always have to be “sexy” in order to be worth while!
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