January 22

Members Drill on SCBA Skills

Another week, another drill. This week, Montgomery firefighters drilled on SCBA and search skills at the station. An obstacle course was set up where members had to blindfold their SCBA masks so that they could not see and follow a twisted hose line through a drainage tunnel to an SCBA air pack that was tangled up. The member then had to blindly untangle the air pack and put it on to continue down the hose line. Near the end, members had to remove their air packs and swap air bottles for fresh ones, all while holding their breath (known as a ‘hot bottle exchange’)-also done blindly.