Just thought I would tag on to the discussion Bobby started and focus in a little more.
We advocate that Air Management (AM) is a basic skill. By that we mean that every fire fighter from the newest probie to the seasoned vet should be able to perform according to AM all the time. With that said there are always some basic skills necessary to perform the "task level" requirement of AM.
To provide a comparison I would offer that putting up a ground extension ladder is a basic skill at the "task" level. Before you can safely and effectively put up that ladder you need to know how to carry, raise, and extend the ladder. Then you must practice those skills till they are ingrained through muscle memory to the point that, on the fire ground, you can consider where to put the ladder, overhead lines, etc.
So, what I am asking is:
What are the "skills" you believe are necessary for firefighters to learn AM?
I have my own set that I believe are necessary but want to throw this out to the masses before I opine on my own question.