Spring in Farmington, Maine: Firefighter Survival

April 19 & 20:  TT Instructors Nick Martin, Doug Mitchell, Mike Stothers, and Danny Doyle flew into Portland on Friday before driving about 2 hours into central Maine to meet-up with Lt. Tim Hardy and members of the Farmington Fire Department.  The topic of the weekend was a 16-hour firefighter self-survival class.  Members went over SCBA emergencies, “bailout” procedures, orientation techniques and more.  On Sunday they put it all together by successfully navigating a series of challenging scenarios, where they had to overcome simulated emergencies such as disorientation, entanglement, out-of-air, collapse, and more.  

It was a blast to work with the guys from Farmington.  Its always intriguing and reassuring to see how the same things can be in the world of firefighting, even when you are in some place so different.  We were all very impressed with the caliber and attitudes of the students and had a great time enjoying some very scenic country and fine cuisine (ie: fresh seafood…)

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Engine Ops with Coatesville, PA

TT Instructors Nick Martin, Ricky Riley, Chris Birch, Danny Doyle, and Tony Kelleher arrived in Coatesville, PA for another 16-hour engine company operations class.  After meeting up with some members of the hosting departments on Friday night for dinner, class kicked off Saturday AM with a few hours of classroom.  The rest of the weekend was spent outside…

We had a fabulous building for the class: an older 3-story commercial that had previously experience a few fires.  Though safe to operate in, the fires had left the building in great condition for training: there were many obstacles and conditions that would help simulate operating at a serious fire.  We covered many skills, including covering long distances quickly, extending lines, and many “fire attack” scenarios.