Tips and tricks for developing forcible entry, roof, truck company, SCBA confidence and RIT deployment props Published Thursday, December 13, 2012
FireRescue magazine Editor-in-Chief Tim Sendelbach offers tips and tricks for developing and using training props, including those for forcible entry, roof, truck company, SCBA confidence and RIT deployment training.
Firefighter uses circular saw to cut the carriage bolts of a drop bar simulator.
A security door/gate simulator with a section of rebar used for repeated forcible entry simulations.
A stud wall simulator used to teach reduced profile (full-escape/partial escape) techniques as part of an SCBA confidence training program.
Firefighters making access through a window simulator as part of a RIT deployment drill.
Scaled dollhouse used to demonstrate smoke travel and compartmentalization.
Portable forcible entry props (roll-up door, security bars, drop bar, etc.).
A drop bar simulator with roll-up door track used to demonstrate various techniques for securing overhead doors.
A flat roof simulator complete with an assortment of roof vents and pre-plumbed synthetic smoke piping.
A pitched tile roof simulator. Consider closing in the ends and plumbing it with synthetic smoke to spice up your ventilation training.
The Truckmun is a good example of a multi-station truck company training prop.
Security bar attachment using a section of piping and rebar (note – the locking bolt is placed in the open hole to secure the rebar).
An example of multi-station, modular SCBA confidence training props.
A RIT search team receives instruction after locating a downed firefighter during a RIT deployment drill (notice the simulated walls, obstructions and debris used to simulate a RIT deployment in a warehouse/big box structure).
Firefighter using a single compartment dollhouse to demonstrate air tracks, ventilation limited fire behavior and various aspects of reading smoke.
Scaled dollhouse used to demonstrate the effectiveness of compartmentalization, fire development and behavior. Photo Stefan Svensson