Seat Belts and SCBA’s: Practice

Since we are looking at the Denver Fire Department for some great training information in relationship to firefighter rescue and survival with the Denver Drill, let’s look at another issue that Denver has attacked. Seat belts and SCBA’s.

It is a common known fact that firefighters are killed and injured each year because they were not wearing their seat belt. I personally have heard firefighters and officers make statements that are just flat out ignorant in regards to wearing seat belts.

It takes too long to do; I can’t get it on over my gear; I can’t get packed up and put my seat belt on. There are many more, but the bottom line is that a few extra seconds allows us to arrive safely and to actually make the save or make an attack on the fire.

If we don’t arrive safely, we can’t do our job. We owe it to ourselves, the people we serve and our families to arrive to calls and back safely.

The Denver Fire Department has put together this video that shows some practical solutions and methods for putting on your seat belt over your gear and pack. Put aside you ego for a few minutes and learn something and then pass it on. Officers, make your crews watch this.

Please stay safe at all times and be careful.

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Jason Hoevelmann

Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal with the Sullivan Fire Protection District, a combination department, and a career firefighter/paramedic with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District in North St. Louis County.

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Tim Westlake
How Dare You!-We Can No Longer Tolerate Incompetence!
Steve. Thank you. I to am a Training Officer both in the NYS Department of Corrections as a FBTI and as a CFI/MTO and Lieutenant of a 60 member Volunteer Department. I to do not train enough. I agree with everything you said. My biggest problems are also not the few but the many. As…
2015-08-18 03:25:36
Mamamaggie
How Dare You!-We Can No Longer Tolerate Incompetence!
I totally agree with your comments regarding training and preparation I want to know the person standing next to my son / sons are capable of fighting a fire with knowledge dedication and standing shoulder to shoulder with a motto of " no man left behind " the only safety line you have to getting…
2015-07-04 02:13:54
Jeff
How Dare You!-We Can No Longer Tolerate Incompetence!
Amen.
2015-07-04 00:04:50
Ryan Huffman
How Dare You!-We Can No Longer Tolerate Incompetence!
I am a volunteer lieutenant in a rural department and I work full time on a medic unit. This article is very powerful and was a very good read. I love to train and train harder everyday that I'm at work or at the volly house and when I'm not there I'm constantly reading articles…
2015-07-03 13:19:23
Kevin Hurl
How Dare You!-We Can No Longer Tolerate Incompetence!
Too True, I am a big fan of the saying "you can never train to hard for a job that kill you" Well said and I'll copying the link to this to our brigade Facebook page.
2015-07-01 22:40:09

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