Northampton Firefighters continuously train. This scenario is designed to allow the firefighter to troubleshoot different situations with their self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), using only touch. Each firefighter has their mask covered and is unable to see, simulating the near-zero visibility in a fire. Firefighters were required to change air bottles, change air packs, crawl through confined spaces, identify individual tools and hose line connections and assist with a “downed firefighter.” Trainings such as this ensure skills and techniques remain sharp and allow firefighters to operate more efficiently and effectively at fire scenes.
Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) Training at Northampton Fire Department