Probationary Members of the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department came together Tuesday, August 20th to train on donning their personal protective equipment with efficiency. “Donning” is a term to “put on” your gear. “Doff” or “Doffing” is to “take off”.
Our members followed a similar sequence to this video:
Efficiency was stressed. Speed is wonderful & those extra seconds of time to get to an emergency are important but efficiency is key – making sure the gear is properly fastened & fit correctly – these are the steps that keep our Firefighters safe.
Members were run through a drill simulating arriving at the Firehouse, locating their gear, and donning the full gear, under a time constraint. Gear was inspected to ensure all zippers, clasps & enclosures were indeed closed/covered.
Developing muscle memory & memorizing the sequence while donning PPE helps it become easier, faster & more efficient, saving our Firefighters time in the future and keeping them safe.