Written by Cadet Donia,
OCFRA, Battalion 50, Alpha Company, Squad 1, s5
Monday October 8, 2018
The day started at 0630 for Battalion 50 as the cadets arrived to the academy grounds. We unloaded our brush PPE's and Uniforms from our personal vehicles and staged our brush gear in front of the apparatus bay. From there, we went to the locker rooms and put away our uniforms, personal gear and lunches. We immediately returned to staging to wait for further instruction from Battalion Officer Johns regarding the set up for the morning’s progressive hoselays. Battalion Officer Johns informed us we would be at the Duck Pond, practicing progressive hose lays for time. At 0730, we all went to the hose rack to prepare our brush packs which contain 2 sticks of inch and a half hose. Each stick is 100 feet length. We worked to build hose packs, set up gated wyed supply lines, organized fittings and retrieved nozzles from the bunker.
Progressive Hose Lays drills began at 0800. Each team practiced the lays for time. Everyone in the Battalion was complete in approximately one hour. Teams consisted of 2 cadets paired by name alphabetically. They had to perform all steps to advance 500’ of the single jacket 1 ½” hose and complete the tasks within 8 minutes. We began station breakdown once everyone was finished. The hose was washed and brushed with a soft bristled push broom. To help with drying, we placed the sections of hose in a snaking pattern, which is turning the hose on its side to allow maximum dry time.
We were dismissed to hygiene, by Battalion Officer Johns, to get cleaned up from the Duck Pond. We lined up in the breezeway in reverse seat order to get ready to go into the classroom. We walked into our classroom and waited at attention behind our chairs for further instruction from Captain Twitchell and Engineer Tarkany.
At 1000 hours we began studying Wildland Fire Fighter Training S-130. We learned about the different components of the fire and wildland firefighter terms. Captain Twitchell went over fire fighter preparedness including the weight limits of wildland packs and personal gear, and mandatory items such as PPE's, hard hat, and eye protection. He reviewed diet and exercise for fire fighters, and taught the effects of fatigue and dehydration. Next he taught about the Incident Command System and how it’s used in wildland firefighting.
Engineer Tarkany discussed resource types for crews and equipment and their specific responsibilities on a fire incident. Hand crews, engine crews, and helitack crews were all researched. She went over the risk management process, fire orders and watch out situations, called the 10s and 18s. We used our IRPG to reference topics she was discussing.
After a one hour lunch, we met back in the classroom and continued our lessons on Wildland Fire Fighter Training S-130. Captain Twitchell and Engineer Tarkany team taught us about LCES, fire shelters, equipment use and inspections, suppression techniques, potential hazards and the human factors that play a role on the fire line, . We studied the 30 Mile Fire, where firefighter deaths could have been prevented had proper LCES and communication in place.
Captain Crudo administered the S-130 exam at approximately 1600 hours. An unstructured release followed, meaning as cadets finished the exam and after colors were lowered, cadets were free to informally dismiss.