Firefighters eat, drink and live their training and survival skills every day realizing that every fire scene is unpredictable and understanding that learning to avoid bad situations when possible, knowing how to use the Mayday, training and practicing self-survival firefighter techniques and always working as a team can mean the difference between life and death.
Firefighter team work, communications, buddy systems, two in two out should always be part of firefighting SOG's whether you are part of a huge fire dept like the FDNY, a suburban fire department or a rural volunteer firefighter. All firefighters should learn their self survival techniques because no matter how good you are, fires don't always go according to plan.
Some of the greatest firefighter gifts are the acts of bravery, brotherhood and the courage to keep training and practicing what they learn to protect themselves, their fellow firefighters and keep their communities safe from the flames and the unexpected hazards.
Don't wait for Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week to get prepared and stay prepared. Check out some of these firefighter resources online.