We were up at five this morning, classroom at six and in the field all kitted out with the onboarding team for fire training.
One big metal container, one large and very heavy dude to rescue and a few fires to put out. Lots of instructors, lots of heat, lots of fuzzy thoughts and lots of smoke.
Our first thing was to go inside the large metal container, inside was lots of artificial smoke to block out vision and our mission was a search and rescue one, we worked in a team and had to maintain contact at all times. Once we located our 160 pound of dead weight dude, we had to lift him and try and pull him out.
Our 2nd mission was to put out a gas on water fire, this was done individually and then we moved into a group of five of us, all helping with different aspects of putting out another fire, that needed one person to switch off the source of the fire. We worked in a team, the hose man had to spray a wide angle foam in order to protect the rest of us from the fire, when close enough, one of us would move over and turn off the source of the fire. The last one in the row duty was to direct the hose, so that it didn't form any tight bends. We each had a chance to be hose man, then each of the other positions.
Next fire was a simulated electrical one, one person switched off the electricity whist the other put out the fire.
The last and most difficult from being very hot and uncomfortable, was to go into the container, a fire was well developed in the back of it, so there was much smoke and the temperature inside was 700 at the top of the container, thus, keep down was the operative word. I was pouring with sweat before even going in. We had to enter, keep low and then to sweep the fire with water. Coming out and having someone help you take your jacket off and put and ice cold cloth over your neck was sooo good.
It was all in all a good experience with lots of laughter, photos, water and sweat. I have posted some photos on Facebook as my blog post is playing up with photos.