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Radio Communications Drill

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIclEzOlYL0]

I saw this video and had to post it. Everyone knows that communications on the fireground are always a hot topic. They are usually listed in every NIOSH report, every after action review of every call, and every firehouse argument!

I have said this before but it is true the fire service in general has some people who talk a lot on the radio, but do not say anything!

Our communications need to be concise, yet plentiful with information. Some people use C.A.N. Conditions, Actions, Needs. Some use C.P.R. Conditions, Progress, Resources. No matter what you use, we have to practice them. Utilizing fire service video is great to practice, doing the drill in the above video is also another great way to practice.

I found a great drill on twitter courtesy of @kccochivette

log cabin drill

You sit in opposite rooms with a set of Lincoln Logs (or other building style toys) and communicate via the radio. One crew gives the other crew instructions and the goal is to build the same looking structure. Once you get good you could add in other distractions like a saw, SCBA PASS Alarm, etc. just like in the drill above.

Just a few options on how to practice and improve our radio communications on the fireground. Do you have any others? Let us know in the comments section, or on twitter.

As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!

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