In all work that we do as firefighters preparation is one of our biggest keys to success. Training must be extremely realistic and must constantly be pushing us forward in our capabilities and our competence level. Aggressive and realistic training is the answer.
Below are a couple pictures of some auto extrication training that was put on at Bowling Green, Ohio Fire School, these are great photos of pushing your training to the next level. The fist time you cut a car apart in or under the water should not be at 3 o’clock in the morning at a real call!
What types of tools do you have besides the hydraulic cutters and spreaders that you can utilize underwater?
What types of water rescue gear do you have to help facilitate this rescue?
Do you have a mask and snorkel? What else could you use if you don’t have a mask and snorkel?
How would you stabilize this vehicle?
There is a huge difference between what you think will happen in these situations and what you know will happen….. Aggressive training is the key to success.