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Doffing Superheated Gear

Thu, 2 Sep 2010|

Frank Ricci and Justin McCarthy demonstrate how to remove superheated bunker gear from a firefighter exiting an IDLH environment. Sponsored by Globe.



Welcome to -- minutes -- here Fairfield Connecticut. And today we're gonna take you over -- superheated here. Just thinking you take -- over how the gear works sir frank -- there's three layers to -- here there's an outside layer of moisture barrier and -- layer the layer. Each one is very unique and how protects us but what's very important is that there's air pockets inside which report conductors of heat which provides the protection -- -- -- -- superheated environment. That's Hawaiian clash over training we teach not to compress the firefighters here because it could result in a -- remember if you've got. It down firefighter out of the environment you -- the -- -- but once you get the firefighter removed or you remove yourself. You don't want -- be patted down you're definitely don't want to roll on the ground. That suddenly just teach the kids. And you don't wanna put holes line on the -- part time and time again in this country we see the holes -- go off on the firefighter. That -- off gas so it's very important not to put the line on a firefighter. But the gingerly remove the gear. As you can see here the gears off guessing this is going to be this sign. That you look for for removing and -- that here. Remember this is only an emergency procedure. Okay now we're gonna demonstrate how to adopt this firefighter superheated in here. First of firefighters -- -- stand for his arms now with a second fire fire coming in. The -- and all this crap without compressing in here. It's important you work as a team and if you have to make failure verbal contact with the firefighter. Make sure that he's okay -- air make sure he's okay with the air. If he's been and that's -- -- environment his blood pressure going to be elevated temperatures going to be elevated its gotta be important for. Through seek medical cannot -- this has completed. Here we have the two firefighters they're gonna work together when firefighters -- hold it there pack. The other firefighters gonna come and remove -- blogs. He's gonna loosen up all the flat. It's important to get all the velcro off so it doesn't hinder the removal of -- year afterwards. In this case we have a zipper you're -- unzip the firefighters here. Come around behind a firefighter. Grass -- here. And roll it down the firefighter without damaging the thermal barrier that -- their pockets we've created. In a -- all the way down. And -- here down off of the firefighters hint. At this time you're gonna do the same for the pants the -- -- wearing suspenders you can roll the suspenders off. You loosen up the waste -- in this case. Underdeveloped grown and it's it's on there for a -- -- -- pants and the same thing role -- that's down. There's a tendency sometimes for chief officer or someone -- come up on the scene in assists without gloves on. Remember any buckles on the SE BA buckles on the gear for the change strap in cause the secondary second degree burn right -- -- hands. That's -- it through right. Here the firefighters got to take it to be out of the boat. And from here we're gonna loosen up the helmet strap. -- remove the helmet. It's now that the -- the regulator and the mass. Say things and be removed from the firefighter. Remembered these buckles even though protected by the hood could still be hot so you wanna try to pull away from the head. And -- in a month. In May seem like a methodical process -- at the time you may be rushing but you have to remember. Like frank said in the -- say she is being -- -- sex. You have to make sure that you don't compress you don't and you don't roll firefighter. Now our firefighters that is here successfully removed and -- -- think medical attention if necessary do. Brent Burns dehydration -- elevated temperature. When inspecting your gear especially the gears this caller we want to make sure that that your school. And take your hands. And see if you can rip or cared to gear if it's not brittle that just means that the die burned off on the outside -- the -- And the -- still may be good. But I -- it. You have to make sure you take apart the Coke and check out your vapor barrier. He could see a little discoloration here. If there's any damage at -- any melting discoloration and for the inside vapor barrier you need to send in Europe that a manufacturer. When in doubt send it out. It's important that we inspect our gear before use and after each alarm we learned today the dangers of compression and also saturating -- super heated environments. -- here isn't just a danger to us in super heated environments but it's also a danger because it creates a growth point for bacteria microorganisms and -- here. Which is a healthy for us. If you're conducting live fire training gear gets saturated that should be the -- interior operations. We also got to be careful term -- over training that of the gears when we don't want esteem of firefighter. We want to thank our sponsor globe for their dedication to -- for -- safety and survival as well -- Patrick brown from the Chicago Fire Department. For bringing this issue to report.

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