South King Fire & Rescue Firefighters Undergoing ‘MAYDAY’ Rescue Training

“MAYDAY….MAYDAY…MAYDAY…Firefighter Down, Low on Air!” 

This is a reality our firefighters could face at any time. Every firefighter must work with a partner, and their partner can share air with them if necessary to save their life. All the firefighting team needs to do is transfer an airline from one backpack-mounted Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to another…in a poisonous atmosphere…under high heat conditions…where a mistake could cost either member their life…and do it correctly the first time…in ZERO VISIBILITY!!

South King Fire & Rescue is currently undergoing their annual SCBA refresher training using a building on the grounds of the old Federal Way Public Schools bus barn. This partnership between FWPS and SKFR is helping to make firefighting safer, thereby increasing the chance of survival should a firefighter experience an on-scene disaster or catastrophic equipment failure. This is another example of how SKFR has looked to local means of saving money – previously, firefighters would have to travel to the Washington State Training Academy in North Bend to get this training.

The images you see here exemplify the challenges firefighters face – the photo above is taken through the eyes of a Thermal Imaging Camera, which is specially designed to “see through” smoke, reading temperature signatures to create an image.

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