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Crew training breathing apparatus QFRS
Breathing apparatus training is a crucial part of the training that all auxiliary and permanent fire fighters must undertake. It allows the fire crews to enter dangerous environments and attempt rescue and recovery operations. The oxygen cylinders weigh fifteen kilograms and are worn on the backs of the crew, they can become heavy and the average time a cylinder lasts is approx 20 mins. There are multiple OHS policies in place when a fire fighter is using breathing apparatus to ensure the safety of the crew. At least one fire fighter is assigned to monitor the teams of two that are wearing BA, each team is monitored closely via radio contact. Depending on the environment the crews are in, the risks change dramatically. They vary from structural fires, bush fires, to chemical spills and gas leaks. Many situations escalate quickly and crews must be prepared to adapt and follow orders precisely.
Captain Glen Hamilton of the Blackwater Fire Station has been a senior fire fighter and trainer for many years, He takes the safety and training of his crew very seriously and ensures that each member is fully qualified and confident in their role. He is a highly respected Captain who has trained many fire fighters throughout his career and is constantly updating his knowledge and skills of OH&S.