This course is designed to teach knowledge and skill components of personal protective equipment (PPE) and self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Students will learn how to properly use and care for PPE as well as describe how it can protect firefighters. Students will also learn and demonstrate usage and emergency strategies for efficient SCBA usage. This can be used to provide refresher training, address specific needs, or combined with other modules and courses over time to deliver a comprehensive overall Firefighter I & II training program.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The following gear is required to participate: helmet, bunker coat, bunker pants with boots, and gloves that met the NFPA standard 1971 at the time of purchase.
- Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA): Participants attending should bring their own pressure-demand type self-contained breathing apparatus and one spare cylinder. All air cylinders must be within hydrostatic date or will not be refilled and should be marked with departmental identification. Breathing apparatus must meet NFPA standard 1981. In addition participants must provide a Nomex or PBI protective hood. Individuals with beards, sideburns or other hair styles that interfere with the proper seal of a breathing apparatus face piece will not be allowed to participate in classes requiring SCBA use.
Note: Protective hoods over beards are not approved.