Proficiency in the use of PPE is critical to the safety of rescuers. If you can’t protect yourself, you can’t save others!
1. Disassemble the major system components of SCBA and/or SAR system and place in a room in an unorganized pile.
2. Take groups or individual team members into the room and turn out the lights.
3. Instruct them to put the systems together and don the units before exiting the room.
This forces personnel to rely on their other senses to identify the components and put the systems together. The more an individual’s senses are involved in training, the greater the retention of key elements. It is also a good emergency drill for situations that may require a better understanding of PPE at a time when vision may be restricted.
We want you to make the most of every rescue practice session, so our Roco instructors have created "Quick Drills" that can be used any time you have a few minutes to practice with your team. In order to have a well-rounded rescue team, it is so important to maximize your training time and rotate the skills practiced to keep everyone interested and involved. Make sure you cover the basics as well as any techniques or special needs that may be unique to your response area. As always, practice, practice, practice! And, make sure you have the proper training and equipment to safely and effectively do your job.