Be sure to fully read the updated task-oriented air consumption evolution procedures before watching the video.



Station #1 – Stair Climb
Using tower stairs participants will climb to the top of the third set of stairs and return back to the entry door while carrying a 50-foot section of 2½" hose
packed into a dual stack shoulder load approximately three feet in length.

Equipment Needs: Two 50-foot sections of 2½" hose and duct tape to secure the hose

  • Participants will read their remote pressure gauge and report their air pressure to their escort who will document the reading and the time after completion of each station's task. The escort will need to start the stop watch when the participant begins breathing air from their cylinder and only stops it when the participant exhausts the air from the cylinder and steps off the course.

  • After the completion of each station, participants will then walk a recovery lap around two cones placed 40 feet apart located in the middle of the course. It is not required to walk a recovery lap between stations 2a and 2b.

Station #2a‐ Hose stretch
The participants will drag a 50-foot section of 13/4" hose and "sled" to a cone 35 feet away and return it to the starting point. The "sled" contains the remaining 35 feet of hose and an additional 30 pounds of weight in a reinforced milk crate. The participant will place the attached nozzle and 8 feet of hose over their shoulder and across their chest to drag the sled the required distance. They will then proceed directly to Station 2b without a recovery lap around the cones.

Equipment Needs: One 50-foot section of 1¾" hose, automatic fog nozzle, milk crate, 30 pounds of weight, two cones and method to secure hose to milk crate.

Station #2b – Hose pull
The participant will go down on at least one knee and pull the 1¾" hose until the coupling returns to them. The 1¾" hose will be connected to itself and looped around the base of the hydrant. The coupling will be placed at the furthest distance away from the hydrant.

Equipment Needs: One 50-foot section of 1¾" hose and secured fire hydrant or bollard with room for the hose coupling to clear as it passes around.

Station #3 – Saw Carry
The participant approaches the simulated apparatus cabinet and removes each saw from the cabinet and places it on the ground. The participant then carries both saws and walks 75 feet to a marked cone and returns to the simulated cabinet. The participant then returns each of the saws to the cabinet one at a time.

Equipment Needs: One rotary/ rescue saw (preferred 30 pounds, +or– 3 pounds), fire chain vent saw (preferred 28 pounds, +or– 3 pounds), simulated apparatus cabinet with shelf four feet from the ground, one cone located 75 feet from the cabinet. (Two five-gallon buckets with reinforced handles may simulate the saws if they can be weighted to approximately 28 pounds each.)

Station #4 – Ladder raise
Participant approaches the secured 24-foot extension ladder (secured to the simulated window at the end of the floor collapse simulator) and hoists the fly of the ladder all the way up using a hand over hand method without stopping and returns it to the ground in a controlled manner without allowing it to drop.

Equipment Needs: One 24-foot fire service extension ladder, brackets to secure the ladder to the wall that would allow the fly section to be extended completely out using the halyard.

Station #5 – Forcible Entry
Pparticipants will approach the table with mounted and inflated tire and strike the tire with a ten pound sledgehammer 10 times.

Equipment Needs: a reinforced table, mounted and inflated truck tire, ten pound sledgehammer. (The truck tire should be deflated some to reduce the recoil of the sledgehammer. Truck tire should be positioned so that it does not move off of the table as shown in the embedded video.)

Station #6 – Search
Participants will approach the first floor of the SCBA Maze and follow a right or left hand search pattern preceding 64 feet through a darkened search area with obstacles that do not require any profile reducing maneuvers to pass while wearing an SCBA and PPE.

Equipment Needs: simple pattern arranged in the first floor of the SCBA maze with some obstacles. The area needs to be darkened. (Place two SCBA confidence tunnels together, without any obstacles, to create one long tunnel and create a 90-degree turn at the end into another search area. The two tunnels should be covered to create a completely dark environment.)

Station #7 – Rescue
Participant approaches the 165-pound mannequin and drags it 33 feet around a cone and returns it to the starting point.

Equipment Needs: 165-pound mannequin, one cone to mark the 35-foot distance

Station #8 – Ceiling push/ pull
Participant will approach the ceiling breech simulator and complete two sets of three repetitions of pushing the ceiling plate up and five repetitions of pulling the hook down using a six-foot pike pole.

Equipment Needs: Ceiling breech simulator, six-foot pike pole without handle. (Ceiling push up plate is 60 pounds and the pull down mechanism is 80 pounds.)

When the participants complete all eight stations, they proceed to station #1 and continue working the course until they run nearly out of air. When they completely expend all of the air in their cylinder, the evolution ends for them.

Each participant's escort will document the time and air pressure readings and return the document to the Participant for review. Once the participant reviews the document they will give it to the lead instructor. The student must complete all eight stations on a 30-minute cylinder (1200 liters) to pass the evolution.