Sure the calender says Spring but here it has been COLD! A few days ago we even had 3 inches of snow! Due to that a lot of times our Hands On Training (HOT) has to be postponed until warmer and less oppressive weather returns. However this is no excuse to let our training suffer.
A few years ago while assigned to a different station on a particular winter weather day the shift decided to get creative and not let a perfectly good 24 hours go to waste.
Utilizing the steel bar joist roof construction of the bay, a simple folding ladder, ropes, harnesses, and 8 plates we were able to practice single person rappels, pickoffs, self rescues, and lock offs all from the comfort of the bay.
This is just one example of how creativity can still provide great training! The options are ENDLESS, all it takes is some initiative and ingenuity.
Do not let the frigid temperatures slow you or your shifts progression down utilize the vast resources of your own fire station and get to work! The warmer months will be soon upon us, but do not put it off until then!
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!