This class is designed as an introductory program in firefighter survival and self-rescue. Students will attain knowledge and techniques that will enhance their ability to “self-rescue” in response to a variety of fireground emergency situations. Emphasis will be on recognition and prevention of dangerous situations. Students will have the opportunity to practice a variety of survival and self-rescue techniques under simulated conditions. At the completion of the class, students will be able to:
- Recognize warning signs of various hazardous situations and take preventative measures.
- Utilize built in features of the department’s SCBA as well as additional techniques to overcome air-related emergencies.
- Evacuate untenable conditions using various techniques.
- Take emergency shelter measures.
- Transmit a MAYDAY and recognize when to call one.
- Function as a team-member in difficult situations.
Class will consist of 16-hours of instruction, of which approximately four (4) hours are classroom and the remaining twelve (12) hours are “hands-on”. Classroom discussion will focus on several case studies as well as the recognition and prevention of hazardous situations. During the practical evolutions, students will receive instruction in various “self-rescue” techniques and have ample opportunity to practice those skills.