On the evening of Monday November 18, 2019, members of the Guilderland Fire Department participated in a breathe down drill. The purpose of this training is to put each firefighter through a series of physical activities which simulate the types of actions they may be asked to complete on the fire ground.
Firefighters are asked to put on all their turn out gear as well as an air pack. Our air pack bottles are designed to hold 30 minutes of air. The goal of this drill is to see while in a safe controlled environment how close to that 30-minute mark each member can get. This drill helps ensure that each of our fire fighters understands how long they can expect to last when wearing an air pack under standard fire operation conditions.