The below video is short but demonstrates a skill that is lacking in todays fireman. It shows a firefighter masking up with firefighting gloves on in rapid fashion.
Now I am in the mask up in the rig camp for reasons I detailed in this previous post http://averagejakeff.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/another-fire-service-debate-masking-up-when-to-do-it/
However if you’re not then you have to be able to mask up with your gloves on. Taking the time to take your gloves off only delays entry time even further. Now some big city departments may be fighting fire in older building that can withstand fire for longer, at my old station we had a good mix since we bordered the city of Richmond, however at my current assignment even though it borders the city the older homes are largely outnumbered by newer lightweight construction homes. In order to make an impact and have a fighting chance we have to be able to make entry fast.
This is some easy training all it takes is you gloves, your helmet, and SCBA mask. You can even do it sitting in the recliner watching TV! While it may be an easy drill it could pay someone out there massive dividends, when victims only have seconds that means every second counts. A lot of people are in the search every time no matter what the conditions camp, yet are rarely seen arriving at a fire ready to work. Just like your mom told you when you were kids, if your going to go out and play you have to be dressed right, same rules apply here.
What do you find easier, masking up in the rig or in the yard? If you mask up in the yard are you doing it in fire gloves? What other masking up tricks do you do? Leave your feedback, questions, or comments in one of the many ways you can get in contact with us (twitter, email, or comments section). Speaking of twitter be sure to follow along for things like my fitness routine at www.twitter.com/averagejakeff
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