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  1. Firefighter Rescue: Washington Firefighter Saves Own Family from Fire

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    Thu, 17 Jul 2014

    A Snohomish County (WA) firefighter saved his family from a fire at their house Tuesday. KIRO reported (http://bit.ly/1l85m4p) that Renee Mansfield says

  2. Window Lifts for Firefighter Rescue

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    Mon, 4 Feb 2013

    window and sash if not done already. Our firefighter will be placed with their feet positioned ..... base of the sill. The position of the firefighter on the ladder is that their shoulder ..... difficult to remove it once the load of the firefighter is on it. The air pack will now be

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    we will remove the window and sash if not done already. Our firefighter will be placed with their feet positioned at the base of the sill. The position of the firefighter on the ladder is that their shoulder should be level with the sill, or slightly below. And they will be utilizing an alternative leg lock. If the traditional leg lock is used, then it will be extremely difficult to remove it once the load of the firefighter is on it. The air pack will now be removed from the downed firefighter via the roll method. With the door shut and window taken, the products of combustion should be minimal at ground level. In this instance we will demonstrate a three person lift. The firefighter gets lifted to the sill, and the legs are positioned on the shoulders of the firefighter on the left. As his arms straighten out, the injured firefighter drops into the nicely created forward space. Then the firefighter is brought to the ground. [MUSIC] We again start with shutting the door to the room that you're in to provide a
    leg lock. Now the rescuers will lift first, and then flip the firefighter out of the window. The ladder carry is across the arms, with the head slightly elevated. [MUSIC] The next lift is done
    carry is different. The legs now go on either side of the firefighter's knees. [MUSIC] And he gets brought down the ladder. [MUSIC] [UNKNOWN] communicate to all involved. The position of the firefighter exiting the window usually dictates what ladder carry is to be done. This also works phenomenal on civilians as well. The next
  3. Report: Dallas Firefighter Death Due to Commanders Decisions and Communication Problems

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    Thu, 18 Sep 2014

    decisions were largely to blame for the death of a Dallas firefighter last year, reports The Dallas Morning News. Nearly 16 months ..... what Wilson's longtime friend Jim Crump, a retired Dallas firefighter , had said early on in the investigation. Crump said reading

  4. New Jersey Firefighters Pay Tribute to Young Boy Who Wanted to be Firefighter

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    Thu, 18 Dec 2014

    Jersey said goodbye to its youngest firefighter as hundreds gathered at a Blackwood ..... was an honorary Washington Township firefighter who lost his battle with acute myeloid ..... lucky ones." Aiden was given a full firefighter 's service Wednesday at Our Lady of

  5. Off-Duty Florida Firefighter Rescues Man from Submerged Car

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    Sun, 3 Aug 2014

    Volusia County firefighter Lt. Jeremiah Greathouse was on vacation in St. Augustine with his family, about to do some back-to-school shopping for his

  6. Firefighter Training Drills: Aerial Operations

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    Thu, 18 Dec 2014

    Continuing our series of targeted firefighter training drill series, this week's group focuses on aerial ..... design, implementation and coordination of in-service firefighter training activities as well as a full-service fire training

  7. Firefighter Rescues: Providence (RI) Firefighter Reflects on Rescue, Award Nod

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    Tue, 6 May 2014

    In a new video, Providence (RI) Firefighter Jermaine Woods reflects on a rescue ..... Providence Fire Department," said Firefighter Woods in a city-issued report last ..... Pawtucket (RI) House Fire More Firefighter Rescues

  8. Tips for Firefighter Removal

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    Mon, 7 Mar 2011

    many previous segments, we've shown firefighter removals. Today we're just gonna ..... and how to use the SCBA to remove a firefighter . Remember, there's numerous ways ..... want to approach this before we drag a firefighter . The number one thing we want to do

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    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 remove 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 the strap and come in. [BLANK_AUDIO] And snap. I'm working right here, there's no twisting and rolling the firefighter around. Now, as I come down, many times we wanna drag, we wanna pull. We're all wearing SCBAs. We take our waistband,
    t use our legs and 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. We're going to use a seat belt. Of the flashlight to drag this firefighter . We are going to make a choker hedge. We're going to go underneath the shoulder strap, with a flashlight, and make a loop. We'll insert the flashlight and we'll just come down, and it will be tight. This is going to give us some room to pull. We'll get away, we could pull the firefighter , and then we can remove him. [SOUND] The next technique we're gonna show you is how to use two hooks to lift a firefighter . Remember, we wouldn't wanna use this technique if a firefighter has a serious spinal or back injury. This is if a firefighter that goes down, and we have to remove 'em quickly. Using two hooks is gonna speed up the evolution. Yes, we should be calling in may day for a firefighter down, getting stokes basket, or a back board, but there's situations where we can't, we don't have time. So we're going to use two hooks to lift the firefighter . The first hook is going to come in. I'm going to take the **** end of the hook, and we're going to slide it underneath the shoulder strap. [noise] it really doesn't matter which way we go in, but it's better to come from the outside and go in, and we run it along his body. Next we're going to come underneath his waist band, we're going to slide it down along the firefighter , about that level there, yes we have to be careful using the head of the hook by his face. It's a little bit dangerous, but we have to remove this firefighter . The next hook, in some situations we may have to roll the firefighter here. It's gonna come in, even if we have to loosen up the shoulder strap, we have to get that [UNKNOWN]. We'll go down and we'll also run it. Can come back, we can tighten up. Tighten up. Sometimes we don't have enough material to tie. That's okay. Now if we're gonna 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
    This is for a quick removal when we have to get the firefighter out using normal hand tools. I'm Mike Champo. Thanks for watching this segment of Training Minutes.
  9. Firefighter LODDs: Tactical Safety for Firefighters: The Writings of NIOSH LODD

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    Wed, 18 Sep 2013

    By Ray McCormack The death of a firefighter is a tragic event, a loss to the brotherhood ..... department that has never suffered a firefighter fatality may be unfamiliar with the ..... ripples of such an event. Every active firefighter death needs to cause ripples in the

  10. Packaging a Down Firefighter

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    Wed, 9 May 2012

    downed fire fighter. Locating a down firefighter during a [INAUDIBLE] will be one of ..... the original situation that caused the firefighter to go down, it can be difficult to ..... begin. So, we should approach our down firefighter in an organized manner that's gonna

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    matter for packaging and assessing a downed fire fighter. Locating a down firefighter during a [INAUDIBLE] will be one of the most challenging maneuvers of your career. And not knowing the original situation that caused the firefighter to go down, it can be difficult to tell where to begin. So, we should approach our down firefighter in an organized manner that's gonna allow us to identify the biggest life threats and accomplish things in a systematic manner. Here, we've located our downed firefighter and I find him in whatever position it is that I find him. The first thing I need to do is get this firefighter in a position where I can access him. If he's under a table, I'm gonna drag him out. If he has some things on top of him, if at all possible, I'm gonna get 'em off of him. And the first thing I am gonna seek to do is, is get my firefighter into what we're gonna call a rescue position. Which is simply accomplished by getting him into an exaggerated sitting position using the knee to support him and allowing him to come back into my hips a little bit. The reason I do this is because when we try to approach a downed firefighter from the front. We're kinda cross brained, my left is his left, is his right, my right is his left et cetera,
    another pass alarm going off nearby that might indicate a second downed firefighter , and also allows us to kind of calm down and be able to communicate with the team. Now typically a [INAUDIBLE] team is going to find the downed firefighter and there's going to be two or three of us around. It's very easy to end up with too many cooks in the kitchen here, too many hands doing too many things, and we're actually getting in the way of each other, rather than helping each other out. So while I'm doing this, our team should split up, should split apart to try to accomplish a couple different things. So if we have a team of three firefighters that's located our downed firefighter here, say I'm gonna handle the packaging and assessment, my officer's gonna go transmit an updated [UNKNOWN] report. To the incident commander and our third firefighter might search the area for alternate egress that might get us out of our situation a little bit easier. And now I'm in a position to assess him. We're gonna use a mnemonic called ABCDMRA, the A is our first step and it's gonna stand for air, and that means we're gonna assess our downed firefighter's air status. Within assessing his air that's where our MRA is gonna come into. When you talk to doubt to, ru, ru, ri, rescuers about assessing a firefighter's air, often a first thing they wanna do is take a look at what the, what the gauge says and you need to remember that the gauge could tell us he has a million pounds of air in his cylinder, if he doesn't have a face piece on, that doesn't mean anything. So we're gonna start at the face, so M is for mask. First thing I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna ditch my firefighter's helmet if at all possible, and I'm gonna put my hand on his face. Putting my hand on his face is gonna
    once we've assessed the air status, and we make sure that our firefighter has air, we can move on to packaging a downed firefighter . So what I'm gonna do is allow him to come out of the rescue position and just down on his side. Now, a firefighter wearing a bottle laying on his back. Is gonna end up with one hip up or the other. And whatever hip is up, that's the one I'm gonna start with as we move on to the B, which is gonna the belt in our steps. Alright. So in this scenario here we're gonna do a maneuver that's very familiar to most firefighters and that's securing the waste strap between the downed firefighters legs. A couple tricks in doing that. The first thing we wanna do is loosen this firefighter's waist strap. The last thing we wanna do is undo this waist strap before we're ready to reconnect it. So with this hip facing up, I'm gonna use that opportunity to loosen this here, and now I'll roll him over and get his other hip. An easy way to roll a firefighter , regardless of size over, is to use the leg on the downside of the hip. By bringing this leg out towards a 90 degree angle, and using the ankle and the knee. I can very easily toss this firefighter's hips over without having to put, exert a lot of effort. Once that's done, I have my waist strap here. I'm gonna