For EVFC's monthly drill for the month of July, we practiced our ability to don our gear. Not only is it critical for a firefighter to don their gear properly ,but it must be done in a timely manner. Our guidelines state that a firefighter should be able to don their gear and SCBA in under two minutes. We put that to the test during our drill not only by timing our members' donning time , but also included an exercise where they must don while blindfolded.
From this drill we learned that it is important to keep in mind that even before you arrive at a scene, that you must work as a team and communicate. The teams that got the best time also had the best communication. Check your gear regularly and check to make sure that other members have donned properly. Know your gear and be considerate of others when removing your gear. Not everyone is the same size as you so always fully loosen the straps when removing the SCBA pack so that when the next call comes, the next guy won't have to fight with the straps while donning.