During the weekend of November 14/15, Mattawa Fire Department members took advantage of an SCBA Confidence Maze Trailer to further hone their skills in confined spaces and under duress.
Members practiced navigating virtually blind in heavy smoke and no light conditions, through an obstacle filled maze, featuring small openings, tunnels, rope entanglements, and hatches.
Crews also practiced victim rescue, entering as a team and worked on recovering entangled firefighters from a mess of coaxial cables.
Members also worked on air conservation, low air bailouts and calming techniques for high stress situations.
This unit was in operation for 21hrs over the course of the weekend, helping develop our firefighters’ confidence while working in hazardous environments.
The Mattawa Fire Department would like to thank TransCanada Safety and Draeger for making this equipment available for this training exercise.