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Techniques for Removing Victims from the Fire Building

09/01/2011
BY RYAN GILBERT IMAGINE THIS: YOU ARE THE FIRSTDUE ENGINE ON A breadandbutter residential contents fire in your district. The stretch goes perfectly, and forcible entry is not a problem, but as you are advancing the hoseline 30 feet into the structure, you encounter an unconscious victim. Do you have a plan for quickly and efficiently removing that victim from the deadly atmosphere? As firefighters, we are naturally confident people, but overconfidence can breed complacency. I used the above scenario to put a question to several of the firefighters in my department: What would you do? All of them said that they would simply "grab the victim and go." It sounds reasonable, but in...

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