Building block and radio communications drill
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- Fireground Radios. Depending on how large your groups are, 1 per officer on each table is a good start
- Building blocks with instructions, such as Zoobs, Lego, etc. Don’t bring a 5000 piece death star – keep it simple
- One table per team, chairs as required. If you don’t have tables, use clean work areas around the station
How to prepare
Set up tables and chairs in separate areas. This drill can be done in pairs or teams, so sufficient
Select either the same or similar building projects of similar complexity. If you have very new members you may choose a simpler project, to begin with.
Select a fireground/radio channel for communications (preferably not an operational channel in your area).
Safety Considerations for Firefighters
This exercise involves minimal equipment or movement/manual handling, so just the usual slips/trips/falls, sharp edges, environment etc.
How to undertake the drill
- Divide your group into either partners or teams between each work area
- Each team receives a radio each to communicate with each other
- One area will have the building plan, the other the blocks
- The goal is for the planner to communicate how to build the project to the builder. Remember clear, precise instructions are key
- This could be a timed exercise if you wish; fastest and most accurate project completion
This drill is about communications and working together as a team. It’s about giving clear instructions, but also clarification if instructions are unclear.
Building block scenarios offer a good range of skills to maintain and may give a break from the usual hose drills.
This is a good exercise for new members who may still be unsure or not confident in using radios and it’s good practice for senior members & crew leaders to refine their radio communications for clarity and relevance.
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