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Systematic RIT Assessment

Tue, 5 Aug 2014|

Fishers (IN) Firefighter Rob Hackett and company discuss and demonstrate a systematic approach to assessing and moving a down firefighter.



[MUSIC] Welcome to Fire Engineering's Training Minutes. I am Rob Hackett with the Fishers Fire Department. We are gonna be discussing a systems based approach to addressing the down firefighter. When we make the location of the Mayday firefighter in a rich situation, the most likely individual to make that location is our search firefighter. Our routine usually consists of the search firefighter, the airnav position, and the officer position. We have to stay disciplined to our job assignments once we make the location. The AirNav firefighter will begin by passing the rope bag off to the officer. At that time, the officer has to find something substantial to secure the rope bag to. Not looking for anything fancy. Just a simple tie off. If other crews have to meet us, they can lead their way in and find where we're working. The search firefighter is going to start this process by identifying who the downed firefighter is. Back of the jacket for a name. They also could use, maybe a unit identifier on the shoulder or go to the helmet and get an apparatus or unit ID. No matter what kind of information that we find, it's important that we just very quickly pass that information on to command and let them figure out who the downed firefighter is if we don't have a name. Then the search fire fighter is then going to roll the fire fighter if they are face down. What we want to shoot for is to get the left side of the down fire fighter facing up. That way it is left for life, because that's where most buddy breathers are located. Once he has the firefighter rolled, he's gonna do a quick head to toe assessment to determine consciousness, what injuries that that firefighter may have and if that firefighter is breathing. To determine if they're breathing he's gonna get close to the face piece, listen for an exchange of air. If he does not hear any, exchange of air, then he's gonna gently break the mask seal of the down firefighter and listen for air rushing out. If there is air rushing out, it's not a SCBA problem, it's a firefighter not breathing problem, and we can skip our air conversion and go directly to removal. If there's no air that rushes out, we've determined that we have a pack problem and we're gonna do, gonna have to do some sort of air conversion. Once we've made that determination, if there's an air conversion to being made, the search firefighter's gonna pass that information on to the air nap position and we'll make a conversion. In this situation our down firefighter is unconscious, breathing, and does not have a pack problem. The search firefighter then has to do a strap conversion on the SCBA in preparation for the down firefighter to be moved. He's gonna start with the high side strap, which is the strap that faces up in the air, the low side strap would be on the side that the firefighter is laying on. Once he gets that loosened, he going to loosen the waist straps. In preparation for conversion between the legs. He's going to unbuckle, go between the legs, so we anchor the SCBA to the firefighter and we do not pull it off. Once he makes that conversion, our air nav position has to work up and secure. Are [UNKNOWN] pack to the down firefighter. We recommend the use of a shoulder strap because it's the easiest to loose and if we have to remove the [UNKNOWN] pack from the down firefighter. Once these actions are completed, the search firefighter is now in charge of the movement. Of the down firefighter. Thanks for watching fire engineering's training minutes, I'm Rob Hackett.

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