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Dragging a Downed Firefighter

Tue, 2 Dec 2008|

Jim McCormack demonstrates how members of the RIT team should remove a downed firefighter after he has been properly packaged and given air.



Okay what would like to talk about now is just dragging down 55 moving him out of that predicament that is then. If you think back to -- segments we talked about -- team physicians and assignments. And in the packaging in in the -- supply we're now at the point war actually read it to remove him. What we wanna do is we want to talk about this well before in the position of actually get -- yes so in order to do that let's just talk real briefly. About the straps one of the things that you need to do all the time and end at increments since you stopped to catch your breath in the rescue is to tighten all the straps down. So tighten down. Let's get -- and then even the -- strap if you remember we want to tighten that down. So that everything is tight if you're dragging this -- death and you're pulling slacking via. -- -- actually doing any work and by the time to get that slack tension you're out of breath or your out of room to grow in minutes inefficient so. Efficiency and removing him is critical. When you do drag him there's a lot of devices out there out that people come up with and people attached to the fire -- out. We always like to look first at only what he's -- -- and that's why we've converted to -- strap. And we've tightened the straps on the field effect -- -- because for us. The built in device in the -- BA has -- the easiest thing to actually remove. And the firefight is gonna have -- on. If you remember make this conversion. So that you don't just -- the pack off -- back. So -- straps get ready to go everything's in place the next thing before we actually talk about the techniques here. Is the communication. We say a lot of people and it's just kind of ingrained in everybody to use one through three or some rhythm like that. Always use -- rented drag or ready list. There's a lot of time wasted on the one too afraid to think back to some of the movies as it one General Petraeus and on fridge. When does it go and then we'll be lethal weapon comes to mind that you guys know what I'm talking about. And it's never in sequence or use -- Drag. And that guy at the head is the one that's calling the shots here he's the one that's that's got to get ready to move in front of and so he's calling the shots. And the guy down here at the -- if he's not ready to go that it simply says no. And then you wait until -- -- it. So now dragon I did get this guy -- If the conditions are bad bad you can stand up and and Poland is -- -- -- drag him out by all means do it. If we didn't get on the -- in the same thing with the straps then do it tape it easiest way to get him yeah. In a worst case where you know there's no visibility you can't say the -- spank him down and you have to move him slowly. You better have a plan before it happens so we want an end of that. We've tightened the straps were gonna have a guy come in here on the shoulder straps. And actually gain control Levine's so we've got somebody -- the shoulder straps via. He's making sure that that tightened down and he's going to be any guide columnist shots to go ready. Drag. What will -- the guy down here on this and get up underneath. The leg of the victim and it's actually more -- ports technique. So he's dragging and I'm pushing at the same time. To try and move in sequence couple things here. You can't say the -- -- you don't know what you're gonna run into so it's really slow and steady movement. So just take a minute now to get on the same page. And again and position in and simply -- book you read it if I'm gonna take that guy's -- and get down the lift that so that I can put. And I'm gonna push against him in the leg of that move I don't want to -- them into the ground I think -- wanna move together with pay there if we get going so buoyant. -- The and what you would know if you would just continue that movement to -- to get him out. Remember that team before if you had four people the offices -- you out. You could have to work and on the victim and another guy just waiting to save as -- -- need to replace one of the guys as he gets tied. That's going to be the quickest most efficient way to move this guy out of the building. And it thing.

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