The Two Minute Drill: what it means for Moran firefighters

The “Two Minute Drill” means many things, but for firefighters, it means getting bunkered up quickly. Last Wednesday, the emergency responders from the Moran Fire Station - a group of Jackson Hole Fire/EMS responders and a group of Grand Teton National Park emergency responders – performed training to better prepare for the first five minutes response to a structure fire. “Getting our protective gear on swiftly and properly is the first step to quick response,” noted Lieutenant Cam Preuss. “We practice the two minute drill often and have discovered the more we do the drill, the better we become.” [image: _KMC7906.JPG] The timer starts and the flurry of activity begins. The boots a firefighter wears are tall, waterproof and built with a safety toe and sole. The bunker gear is a triple layer of tear resistant, water resistant and thermal protective ensemble. Pants are over the boots and folded down for quick entry. Up with the suspenders, zipper zipped up, and on with the bunker coat. A thermal hood, sort of like a winter face mask, but heat resistant, is put on before the coat to ensure it is tucked under the collar. After the coat is on and zipped up, the firefighter turns on the air bottle and the air pack is hefted over the shoulders, backpack style. Next, the protective face mask is put on and strapped tight against the face. Hood comes up, helmet goes on and is strapped down. The respirator clicks into the face mask and air is provided from the bottle rather than the outside air. Finally, the firefighter puts on protective bunker gloves! All this in less than two minutes! “It’s really hard to do this in two minutes if one thing goes wrong,” stated firefighter Giovanni Tabacchi. “If your boot turns sideways, or your zipper gets jammed up, if your helmet won’t strap down, or a bunch of other ways things can slow you down, well, it gets tough to make the two minute mark. And then you hold everyone up.” Once finished with the drill, the firefighters did a training response to a structure fire, driving engines and tenders response-like to a structure in the area of the fire station. Charged fire hoses, ventilation fans, entry tools, and several training scenarios were all part of the night’s training. [image: moonrise2.jpg] As the moon rose over a ridge with elk grazing right underneath, a blue heron flew overhead, and sandhill cranes squawked in the park meadows, Moran citizens should know the responders of their local fire station work hard to be ready to respond when needed. *h/t Kathy Clay / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news