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Does your department offer saw training with practicals, such as vacant buildings for roof opps or training in cutting metel and concrete in recurit training?

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Yes we do but not often aenough; generally we try to cover this drill once a year; but I personally believe we should be doing this training atleast 3 times a year.
We just put the new Stihl "Rescue" saw in service and a 960 and so far all I've done is learned their operation and cut pallets. However, when opportunities arise to acquire structures we usually jump on them. See attached pic
Sadly, we do not have any formal program/drill for saw training. It is also a subject not covered in the fire academy, as it just teaches "minimum standards" (Personally, I feel the saw should be one). The general feeling seems to be that "it's just a saw", and "we never use them anyway". Isn't that all the more reason to train in their use? Several members have been experimenting with drills/techniques learned on sites like this, with positive results so far... I mean, who doesn't love the chance to cut something up and possibly even learn something new? As far as vacants and acquired structures, our city isn't fond of us going into these, due to potential risks. However, what about the risks of not being able to perform the job as proficiently/safely as you could have, had you capitalized on those training opportunities?
In the organization I work (in Sweden) we have nearly no training in saws. The government school of fire (probischool) do lt very very little. I hope to be able to create exercises in the future.
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