||08-15-2010 09:04 PM
An exhilerating day at school!!!
As most of you know, I am attending my NPQ FF1 with a completion date of Oct 23rd. Yesterday was a fulfilling and wild day of training. I just wanted to share it with you guys. I have no pics because we won't be photographed until our test day. All I can show you is me in gear and you've seen it. But I will try tomorrow to get a few more pics. Meanwhile.......
I had a full day yesterday of training and it was unbelievable. What a daggum rush! I have been on cloud nine since! We did "escaping a hostile environment", so in full gear (50-60 lbs) in 93+ degree heat and humidity, I was blind-folded and spun 5 times, put in an unfamiliar fully furnished house. The house was blacked out. Total darkness, aside from being blindfolded! I had to get on my hands and knees meant for mimicking a fire, find my hose and differentiate the proper direction out. I had less than 20 min to do this, following 300 ft of hose. Some of it was under furniture, some of it was tangled with other lines, so much fun! I had to move furniture without getting off the ground or letting go of my hose line. After that task, we were allowed to go back in and see the house. Your adreline rushes so uncontrollably that I had moved, WITH ONE HAND or my head/helmet, a couch, recliner, bed, oven, desk and many other household items. You really get an idea of what you're capable of doing and your true strength! Such a rush! BUT......there's more....
Then they set up 3 con-ex's (sp?), the steel containers on ships. They are stacked 3 high with staircases to mimic a house with basement, living area and an attic. They hid a "victim" and we had to find him in the same manner. Full geared, blindfolded, on our hands and knees with no vision. This time we were paired. The flooring was made of cinder blocks, bricks, ashes and wood pieces, burnt and unmarred. There were obstacles as well, like a house. But with the attic portion, there are additional entrapments set to simulate wiring within the home. At one time I was briefly entangled in the lines. I got free, but what a great learning experience! The difference was trying to locate the victim and stay on a wall while searching so that I don't get lost in a house fire while looking for victims. I had to stay on a (left side) wall while my partner held onto my right pantleg and spread across the floor feeling for any signs of a body. I did it twice, so I got to lead on one and I got to bring up the rear on the other. All the meanwhile, it was also meant to show our communication skills with our partners and our teamwork. I can't say I have ever been so happy doing something ever in my life, like this!
Late yesterday and today, my knees are very bruised and sore, but if I had the chance, I would do again RIGHT NOW! Also we have all established a rapport and camaraderie unmatched to any other. We all went to lunch together and really cut up, just being ourselves. What a great career choice!