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Drills for already time-challenged teams and members

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by Andrea Zaferes, Feb 8, 2019.

Which of the three drills do you find most useful?

  1. • Short “On-Duty” drills that run anywhere from 10 sec to 15 min per person or “group”, with group d

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  2. • Scenario mission-driven drills that last from 10 min to 90 min per “group”.

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  3. • The standard half or full day drill where the majority of the team members attend and perform the

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  1. Andrea Zaferes

    Andrea Zaferes Angel Fish

    Below please find an article that presents three types of drills. I'd love feedback and what other suggestions y'all have.

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  2. RVA_Diver

    RVA_Diver Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Richmond, Virginia
    Good read.

    I will preface with the fact that I am not a PSD, however am a FF/EMT in a very busy urban dept in Maryland.

    In my experience "on duty" drills are by far the most effective, especially when given with little or no time to prepare for the scenario.

    When I was a tasked with training new probationers the topic came up of performance. We would dedicate entire days to line advancement, with often less than ideal results. Eventually we came up with the idea of just pulling lines when we were out driving around. Going to the store for food? Why not do a surprise stretch on a building? Doing drivers training? Even better time to drive around and do surprise stretches. To my surprise their performance increased immediately.

    After talking to them outside of the training environment basically what we learned is that they wont put 100% into a training exercise that takes all day, in an effort to conserve energy and not be gassed after every evolution.

    Most times we could arrive, pull a line, stretch and re-rack within 10 minutes. This is a drill we practice atleast twice a tour. Along with truck drivers sticking windows and training with ladders, On-Duty training is crucial and in my opinion will get the best results from your team (when not training for specific scenarios or technical techniques).
  3. Resqdivemedic

    Resqdivemedic Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: chepachet, RI USA
    Our department has done both the short on duty drills with each platoon along with the longer scenario based drills with good results. We have done the throw bag drill with a trash can at 50 feet as well as simulating river banks on the station ramp with ropes and setting up a tensioned highline with a boat based lowering system. We also work with our dive tenders by having a "diver" lay on a creeper in the bay and pull himself along simulating search patterns so the tender gets a feel for what the diver is doing. The department also does boat drills at least 3-4 times during the spring and summer. Our water rescue team trains monthly conducting both dive and swiftwater drills. The short drills and scenarios help members develop muscle memory so when the monthly team drills take place they are familiar with the operations and get hands on in water training. I think both these types of drills work to make members more proficient and safe. Good article.
  4. Andrea Zaferes

    Andrea Zaferes Angel Fish

    If all departments trained as you describe below the entire industry would be far more skilled. I bet you're able to keep enthusiasm high.


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