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THE SUNDAY PREACH

"FEEL"

On this last installation of the look, listen, and feel approach to our search technique, we discuss how, what, and why of feeling during our operations in the residential structure.

"In fact, some man-made, synthetic, mechanic-style
gloves, which maybe excellent for auto extrication, are
made from natural components that will literally adhere
to your skin under heat conditions. Like shrink-wrap
to a boat, they will adhere to your hands when heat is
applied. They will add to your pain and discomfort as the
ER staff attempt to peel back and separate them from
the skin on your hands once you have been burned."Pg. 244

When we enter a firefight, we instantly lose our sense of sight but without the proper protective equipment on our hands, we could also lose our sense of touch and go from being an asset on the fireground to the biggest liability.

Leave your mechanic gloves in the garage and wear your firefighting gloves when you train. We know that we will play the way we practice so we better practice the way we want to play! 

Training every day in your firefighting gloves throwing ladders, pulling and racking lines, forcing entry, etc. will only make you more proficient ensuring when the bell is rung and it is your time to step into the ring you will be ready for the fight. (Picture 3 - DCFDBurn Foundation - http://ithappenedinseconds.org)

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