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Technology is great and it allows us to operate with speeds only imagined just a decade ago. It also make us somewhat vulnerable as we rely on it and become a little complacent in the fundamental basics. For many, GPS and Google maps = not learning territory, TICs = not training on room orientation and wall searches, low pressure alarms = not monitoring your SCBA air pressure until the alarm sounds. Technology greatly enhances our operations and we should train in the use of it. We should also spend an equal amount of time training for technology failure. There are many good instructors out there doing just that but there are far too many individuals who just rely on the technology because it’s easy. So, what would you do if your TIC battery suddenly died or your imager experienced a whiteout? Get out there in building and put your crew to the test.

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