Firefighter Recruit Training, Erie County, New York

Mark Bernas Photography

The Erie County (NY) Fire Training Academy, in conjunction with the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, runs a series of two-week “boot camps,” or basic introductions to the fire service, for recruit firefighters across the region.  I stopped by a course in progress yesterday to visit a friend, and spent some time photographing the air consumption drill seen in these images.

It’s important for firefighters to become familiar with their personal limits, including how quickly one empties a bottle of compressed breathing air.  The timed exercise circuit seen here is designed to simulate activities one might encounter on the fireground, taxing both body and mind.

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