Wow!!! so the second week of training is insane!! We started off by learning the evacuation procedures while alarms are ringing in our ears, a voice recording of people screaming went off and the simulator shakes at the same time…. not something that you can easily get used to while trying to remember all the steps you have to do in such a procedure. Most of us had blank moments when it was our time to perform, as the noise and chaos are just too much. Eventually we all got a hang of it and can now direct passengers to evacuate when something happens while taxiing, on the runway or when returning to field directly after take-off. Awesome!!
After learning the emergency evacuation procedures we went on to fire fighting… yeah that’s right, if there’s a fire I will know how to extinguish it!! We practised in a simulation room with our gloves, glasses and halons in hand, fighting the different types of fire, also different scenarios that could happen (oven fire, fire in the lavatory, fire on the seat, in the hatrack etc.). I never really thought about this, that we will be trained to fight fire, so again it was an insane experience and a litte scary at the same time.
Each fire fighter has a back-up person to help as well a communicator to call the flight deck and keep them updated. Everyone has a chance to play out the different roles and gets judged on it. I would say the bathroom fire is the most difficult scenario as you have to first feel if the door is warm, then open it, the fire then might be in the waste bin, so slowly open that, spray some halon into it, close the door quickly again and repeat till fire is out. Some hectic stuff. While concentrating on this you have to shout the correct phrases as well. In the case of being the communicator to the flight deck, there’s even more stuff to remember, like the position of the fire: “captain we have a fire situation in the 3rd row, middle seat, outboard of the AFT of cabin door L3” for example.