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Tips for Firefighter Removal

Mon, 7 Mar 2011|

Mike Ciampo shares tips on using tools and managing the SCBA when removing a downed firefighter.

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[SOUND] [SOUND] I'm Mike Ciampo, welcome to this segment of Training Minutes. In many previous segments we've shown firefighter removals. Today we're just gonna show you a couple quick tips on using some tools and how to use the SCBA to move a firefighter. Remember, there's numerous ways that we want to approach this before we drag a firefighter. The number one thing we want to do is we always want to make this convert into a harness so we don't drag the mask off the firefighter. One of the techniques I like is lifting the leg up, coming in I'm able to check his air, his regulator on his face piece, and I can come right to his waist strap, and I can release it, with my leg up. I can just release this strap and come in and snap. I'm working right here. There's no twisting, rolling the firefighter around. Now, so I come down. Many times we want to drag, we want to pull. We're all wearing SCBA's. We take our waistband and we just release it and we come down. We really don't want to go on the side with the face piece, cause we don't want to pull that off his face. You come in underneath his other shoulder and reconnect. Now we can come up into this position. We're gonna use our legs and our back muscles, and we can drag this firefighter if we have to move him. Some guys put their hands here, some you can just see you're using your SCBA to pull a firefighter. Another quick tip of removing a firefighter is using your flashlight. Were gonna use a seatbelt. Of the flashlight to drag this firefighter. We're gonna make a choker hitch, we're gonna go underneath the shoulder strap with the flashlight and make a loop. We'll insert the flashlight and then we'll just come down and it'll be tight. This is gonna give us some room to pull. We'll get away, we can pull the firefighter, and we can remove him. [SOUND] The next technique we're gonna show you is how to use two hooks to lift the firefighter. Remember we wouldn't want to use this technique, if a firefighter has a serious spinal, or back injury. This is a firefighter that goes down, and we have to remove him quickly. Using two hooks, is gonna speed up the evolution. Yes, we should be calling a Mayday for a firefighter down, getting a stokes basket or backboard, but there's situations where we can't, we don't have time. So, we're gonna use two hooks to lift the firefighter. The first hook is gonna come in, and we're gonna take the **** end of the hook and we're gonna slide it underneath the shoulder strap. It really doesn't matter which way we go in, but it, it's better to come from the outside and go in. And we run it along his body. Next we're gonna come underneath his waistband. We're gonna slide it down along the firefighter to about that level there. You actually have to be careful using that, has a hook by his face. it's a little bit dangerous, but we need t remove this firefighter. The next hook, in some situations, we may need to roll the firefighter here, it's going to come even if we have to loosen up the shoulder strap in here to get that bite, we'll go down, and we'll also run it. You can come back, we can tighten up tighten up, sometimes we don't have enough material to tie, that's okay. Now, if we were going to lift this firefighter up, we'd only be supporting his upper body, his legs would belly out, we'd be dragging them across the ground, so what we like to do is, we're going to take the leg, we're going to throw it up over and throw it up over. Now he's in position to be lifted. It's really important that we lift together, we don't get a back injury. We want to try using our leg muscles. You're ready? One, two, three, up. And now you can proceed with the removal. Remember, this is just another technique to know and put in your toolbox. We don't wanna use this if the member has a sever spinal or back injury. This is for a quick removal if we have to get the firefighter our using normal hand tools. I'm Mike Chapel thanks for watching this segment of Training Minutes.

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