If you arrive to find your SCBA has entered the building ahead of you, reconsider entering said building.
Many of us are constantly looking for new ways to train on old subjects. Creativity helps spice up an otherwise dull lesson. Unfortunately, if creativity loses sight of the lesson’s goals, then the value of training is decreased. Case in point, the SCBA drill captured in this video. There are quite a few good points from the whole lesson, such as keeping your bearings while PASS devices are activated and the operations of one’s SCBA. The Saran-wrapped facepieces help also, as does the little amount of furniture and the brief ‘entanglement’. Where I’m lost, and it might just be me, is the daisy chain search method, allowing gloves to be off, and turning off the SCBA. It’s true that our training needs to be as antagonistic as possible, but that means it also has to incorporate as much realism as possible.
If you were tasked with SCBA training using a realistic scenario, how would you do it?
Finally, we have to acknowledge that the department in the video is at least training. For every one example like this, there are probably three or four departments that said, “ah let’s do it next week, the game’s on tonight.” Oh, and the point where the student feels the form of the person sitting in the chair; when did they teach that bodies were obstructions?