Reading fire recruits practice survival skills
By JASON BATZ, Correspondent | May 05, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA
Story No. 050520106
Photo by Jason BatzFirefighter recruits are taught how to rapidly escape from a dangerous situation using a rope and a tool.
Photo by Jason BatzA recruit prepares to bailout on a rope.
Photo by Jason BatzRecruits are taught how to transmit a MAYDAY under difficult conditions.
Photo by Jason BatzWorking as a team the recruits work to assemble an SCBA while blindfolded.
Recruits at the Reading Fire Academy were instructed in techniques to survive hostile fire events during structural fires. After reviewing several case-studies the students completed several skills to build confidence in themselves and their equipment. A large portion of the program is focused on SCBA use. Having in-depth knowledge of breathing apparatus is critical for firefighters. Additional emphasis is placed on the ability to declare a "MAYDAY" during a fire. The remainder of the programs covers rapid escape from burning buildings.
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