This past Saturday members met up and held a in-house training drill to better themselfs and the department. Members took the time and reviewed and practiced multiple skills, some that they use everyday, and some they hope they never have to use. The morning started with an overview of our SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) and its operations. We discussed its features and practiced everything from turning it on to how to properly use the quick disconnects. This is an everyday tool the firefighter must use anywhere from a False call to a working incident, so it’s important the firefighter be proficient with all of its operations. Next we discussed, demonstrated, and practiced removal techniques of a downed firefighter. While we hope we never have to use this in the real world, it is something we try to make ourselfs proficient in if the situation would arise. We also practiced deploying our personal escape equipment. Again, something we hope we never must use, but need to be proficient in deploying. Did we mention this was all done with zero visibility? Members were forced to perform all of these skills while having their facepieces blacked out. Everyone involved walked away a little more knowledgeable anywhere from the way they wear their gear to possibly saving their brother/sisters life. Thanks to all the members who participated, and the officers who encourage members to better themselfs. Also, thank you to Firefighter Joe Stoudt from Co. 55 for assisting.