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June 7th - 9th 2024, Wolfville, Nova Scotia


" The Rules of Air Management (ROAM)"

David Candy

Captain, Riverview Fire Department, NB

Instructor, DCI

Saturday Afternoon13:00 - 14:30 

Saturday Afternoon15:00 - 16:30 


The Rule of Air Management (ROAM)

Every year far too many firefighters die in the line of duty.  Asphyxiation (running out of air) is a leading cause of LODD on the fireground. The unfortunate part of this statistic is that the cause is PREVENTABLE.  In many of these cases, the firefighter died by simply running out of air prior to exiting the IDLH environment.

 “Rules of Air Management” (R.O.A.M.) was established based on the premise that “Air Equals Time”.  The amount of time a firefighter can remain in the IDLH environment depends on how much air is in the SCBA and how quickly the firefighter uses it.  The time in the IDLH must account for the time it takes to get to the task location, the task itself and the time it takes to exit the structure. 

This program will review and discuss NFPA 1404 Standard for Fire Service Respiratory Protection Training, which mandates that firefighter’s exit the IDLH prior to their low-air alarm activating.   


Captain David Candy started his Fire Service career in June of 1984 as a volunteer Firefighter at the Sussex Fire Department. David transitioned to the career fire service at Riverview Fire & Rescue as a Firefighter/Paramedic in March of 2003 and is currently a Captain with Platoon #1 . David has been a strong advocate for firefighter safety and is a member of the Joint Health and Safety committee.

David began teaching with the NBCC in 1990 and has also taught with the Atlantic Paramedic Academy, Canadian Red Cross and launched DCI in 2017.

David is a graduate of the Dalhousie Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administrative programs.