PIQUA — The week of June 18-24 was Firefighter Safety Stand Down Week, which focuses on up-to-date training and the acknowledgement and awareness of health and wellness.
MAYDAY, self-rescue, and rapid intervention are the focus of the week, specifically the critical skills required of individual firefighters to recognize when they are in a MAYDAY situation; the skills they need to remove themselves from the situation (self-rescue), and ultimately, the team skills needed to rescue a trapped firefighter (rapid intervention). The week also serves to bring awareness to how fallen firefighters have died and what fire departments can do to improve on the fire scene.
The Piqua Fire Department is focused on staying healthy and physically fit, so on Friday, June 23, they did a special team workout organized by Firefighter/Paramedic Corbin Peltier and invited Mayor Kazy B. Hinds to join them. Being physically fit is crucial as a firefighter to be able to self-rescue, or be the rapid intervention team (RIT) to save a trapped firefighter in a structure fire.
The team workout consisted of cardio and strength training using everyday equipment. two-minute stations of fire hose shoulder raises, box jumps, farmer carries, 45-pound pike pole push pulls, SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) 50-pound stair climb, push up sit-ups, and a two-lap run around the fire department.
Each station had a picture of an Ohio firefighter who lost their life in a line of duty death (L.O.D.D.) During the workout, each Ohio Firefighter L.O.D.D. was remembered and honored for the sacrifice they made in service to the community as each station was completed.