Written by Cadet Stancil,
OCRFA, Battalion 50, Delta Company, Squad 8, s9
The morning of the academy started with everyone arriving early to stage their assigned gear in front of the apparatus bay. Cadets that are assigned the role of company officer broke off for their meeting with Captain Crudo, while company officers were at the meeting discussing the plans for the day, the rest of the battalion set up for a morning workout. Before starting with the morning workout, the battalion was led by Cadet Rocha in a uniform stretch.
The workout consisted of Cadets wearing their turnout jackets during: a tower run with a hose pack on the cadet’s shoulder, dummy drag, hose pulls/ hose runs, tire flips, kettle bell swings with wall sits, lunge walk with dips in-between, pull ups with abs, and to finish off with a tire pull. The whole circuit workout is based on the pace of the tower run squad, the rest of the circuit groups can only rotate when they are completed with their tower run.
After the workout Cadets got back in formation to stretch, then followed with the battalion setting a benchmark for all cadets donning their gear and on air, Captain Crudo expected us to be done donning in two minutes, most cadets in the battalion achieved this. Shortly after this was done the battalion was told to go put away all gear into bunker row and then go right to hygiene to shower and get prepared for the classroom.
After hygiene Cadets switched into their blouses with station pant and boots to be ready for the classroom. Cadets were in the classroom for the remainder of the day, learning about hazardous material and how it relates to the Fire service. Captain Crudo let us know there was a significant amount of material to cover and to be prepared to be in class all day. Multiple sections were covered, hazardous materials and classes, containers and markings, spills and releases, NFPA standards, Hazmat training levels and the roles of each, initial onscene actions, defensive/offensive approaches, incident warning signs, research references, hazmat PPE and area uses and how to properly relay incident information to dispatch via the radio.
Throughout the class cadets were given group assignments to use the ERG (emergency response guidebook) the FOG (fire operations guide), and NIOSH guide. Chemicals were researched and guides followed for the situation presented at the time. It was very helpful to have constant stories from Captain Crudo’s career to help relate these items to the real world instead of just talking about the situations. Videos of related hazmat situations were shown as we studied particular cases. Captain Crudo kept with regular breaks to keep the cadet’s minds refreshed and able retain the information presented to us.