Creativity Lost

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?

A person actively pulls on one of the student's legs while another person tries to turn off his SCBA. No, this is not a video from Prince George's County.

A person actively pulls on one of the student's legs while another person tries to turn off his SCBA. No, this is not a video from Prince George's County.


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?

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2 Comments

  • FFsEnemy says:

    Nice piece. I agree, the understanding has to be not about the people doing the training, but learning from others who were brave enought to post and like you said, actually do something in regards to training.

    I had a basketball coach that always said, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” He would show game tape of college teams. The teams weren’t always doing things right, but he was trying to show us the play or defensive set. It was visual and it worked.

  • Joey says:

    ummmmm??? this might be a longshot but why in the hell is the airpack in the building before the firefighter. oh and if some way that did happen why are they going in to retrieve the pack without a pack??………i know times are tight with money but come on they gotta have enough packs.

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