A Consumption Drill Is Not What You Might Think
Training is a part of everyday life in a fire department and the Spring Fire Department takes that to the next level every day.
“A consumption drill is a series of stations,” explains Spring Fire Apparatus Operator Michael Alaniz. “Today, we are training with a hose drag, sled pull/push, tire flip, sledge hammer strikes, bucket carry, dummy drag, and a flight of stairs.”
“These drills are done in full PPE (personal protective equipment) while breathing air from an SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus), until the firefighter “vibes” or gets the low air alert, adds AO Alaniz. “The firefighter will continue to breathe air until the bottle is empty and then perform a MAYDAY drill, as if he is a downed firefighter at an incident.”
Photos by Apparatus Operator Michael Alaniz.