Did you ever wonder whether or not you had it in you to become a volunteer firefighter?
In addition to a big heart and the right attitude to serve your fire department and your community, it also takes a certain level of mental and physical toughness to get the job done.
The sign of good training is that it teaches you two things: What your capabilities are – and – what your limitations are. Both pieces of information are key to keeping yourself safe and alive.
Watch this video to learn what will be expected of you as an Erie County Volunteer Firefighter on the training ground and on the fireground.
First you’ll don your PPE-Personal Protective Equipment that your volunteer fire department provides you for free, and then you’ll strap an SCBA – or Self Contained Breathing Apparatus – on your back and “go on air” –breathing from the normal clean breathing air (Not pure oxygen like some folks think) that is contained in the SCBA cylinder.
The air consumption test is not a race, but a test of physical abilities and endurance that establishes a personal benchmark for you to understand just how long a nominal 30 minute air bottle may last you under firefighter working conditions. Our instructors will work with you to prepare you to be successful in this training scenario.
It consists of eight (8) stations that simulate real firefighter tasks to be completed on the fireground:
- Hose Carry/Stair Climb
- Hose Stretch & Hose Pull
- Tool Lift/Carry
- Ladder Raise
- Forcible Entry
- Ceiling Push/Pull
Recruit Firefighters must complete all eight (8) stations and stay on breathing air for a minimum of 10 minutes. Once all eight (8) stations are completed and the student still has air left in their SCBA cylinder, they will continue to rotate through each station until such time that their air is completely breathed down from their air tank.
Each firefighter is partnered with a shadow/escort who monitors them frequently and records their air consumption and time after each station.
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