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The Backup Firefighter Position

Tue, 15 Feb 2011|

Ray McCormack gives important tips on proper movement and technique by the backup firefighter during hoseline advancement.



[MUSIC] [pause] [music] [sound effects] I'm Ray McCormack. Welcome to "Training Minutes". In this segment, we're going to show you the important of having to do, the backup firefighter position. In our first segment, you're going to see the backup firefighter, follow the nozzle firefighter. This is incorrect, when making a turn. The nozzle firefighter makes their turn, the backup firefighter should swing in the opposite direction. As the backup firefighter, your movements are the direct opposite of the nozzle firefighter. [BLANK_AUDIO] [BLANK_AUDIO] Any time you go through a doorway you wanna make sure you get through it as quickly as possible and move to one side of the doorway or the other when you make entrance into this new room. The heat level is going to try and come down and out of that doorway at you. This is the hottest place that you could stay. So you don't want to stay there any longer than necessary. Anytime you're in a doorway, make your move around it as quickly as possible so you stay out of that high heat area. In this example, we see the backup firefighter moving in the opposite direction of the nozzle firefighter when they're making that turn. What that does for us is it gives additional hose to make that turn and it keeps the line intact in as straight a position as possible, making it easier for the nozzle firefighter to operate the nozzle [NOISE]. The role of the backup firefighter is crucial to proper extinguishment. If you know how to move in the opposite direction of the nozzle firefighter, you're gonna make that fire advance that much easier [MUSIC] That much safer, and that much quicker. Remember, opposite of the nozzle firefighter, and we'll get it done. I'm Ray McCormick. And this has been training minute

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