I have to chuckle getting ready to post this blog, We had drill tonight at our station, It was nice actually it was somebody elses turn to lead drill so Our Asst. Chief did a drill on SCBA nothing elaborate but good practice. Now mind you he is about 10 years younger than me, Not that I am "Old" yet but not young anymore, anyhow, As an instructor and the Department Safety Officer I took my turn at donning my gear and Pack, making sure it was done properly no skin showing, etc. We carried the High rise pack up a flight of stairs pulled a hose roll hand over hand, and then desended the stairs backing down them feet out to the edges, like we are suppose to. All less than a Quarter tank of air. It definatly helps that I quit smoking almost 2 years ago. Then we had to crawl to a downed firefighter and change out his pack and then drag him to safety. Again, Still have over a quarter tank of air. Still had air, yes, was whooped, YES, but would not let the young guys see it. All in all was a good drill, and it doesnt hurt us veterans to practice the basics.
Be Safe All