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RIT: Changeovers & Assessments

Tue, 21 Jul 2009|

Jim Crawford, assistant chief of the Pittsburgh (PA) Bureau of Fire, demonstrates swapping out the regulator and connecting to the universal air connection (UAC) on a downed firefighter.



It's. Welcome the training minutes I'm Jim Crawford assistant fire chief in Pittsburgh bureau far. This episode we're gonna talk about change -- and assessments the first one we're going to do is the regulators while. Like I have my rescuers come over. One rest your position themselves on the face beside the body the second -- -- positioned himself on the -- donors. Well we're going to do is the first thing will shut the path of lights off because these it would -- -- -- communicate with each other. Once that's shut off the next and we need to do is check for breathing we get our -- right down to the fate -- -- for breathing very good if he's not breathing we want to do an immediate removal. He is breathing the next thing we need to do is check the cylinder pressure gauge to see how much areas and so. This -- -- face right -- this donor pressure gauge to check for pressure. We like to use a 50% royalties 50% or less on -- will do a changeover. We're going to do the regulator swap. One arrest here on -- face beside we'll have the rescue pack regulator and hand the second risk here will put pressure on the face -- hold the fuel. Put his hand over the victims regulator. It. After any regulator -- we have to get our ears right down that safeties to check to make sure that that victim was able to. Purge the regulator get -- -- At this point we need to prepare the victim for a drag so we will convert the waist -- Rescue were picked a leg up disconnecting -- -- -- connect. Drop the leg then we will snug up all straps. Next we need to. Secure the rescue -- to the victim. We'd like to use and -- intervention is the large carriers. The smaller care beaters are very hard to grab straps. They usually have a side gate that opens up off the side gives nice big opening. So we'll do is take care Peter snap it off to the rescue pack. And then -- the Caribbean are off to the victims straps. Now we go to do our dragged the air pack we'll stay with the body. Not fall off -- decide possibly when -- he saw the debate. The next change your receive direct cover is -- UAC or universal air connections Steve can explain that's what -- -- is. -- Back in 2002 the FPA replies 1980 -- standard and add this device -- acts. Basically what it does that allows us to provide it external sources where -- now -- -- -- connects with that being said let me explain a little more about you -- You -- is a one way about. It is designed to allow air comment from an external source but it will model air while air to escape from the victims -- Basically what we do we have a high pressure system here it's 4500 PSI. The rescue -- -- and he would find the universe where connection. He will grasp the depth along universe where connection and basically what it does this connect both hands and that allows it. To be connect. You could hear the audible click when it is connected and it's very -- here. An important fact with this is you have to remember pressure -- an equal volume here. If we happen to have a sixty minutes cylinder in our rat pack and he happens to be wearing a 45 minutes longer. You have ninety cubic feet of bear versus 66 cubic feet all that happens here is pressures -- not -- So we have to be aware that we're not necessarily giving -- a full -- but we are equalizing pressures no different than with caskets. Now other registered demonstrate to us the universe -- connection that. I basically what we do is we grabbed the nipple with my hand and we and we -- but want the high pressure on with the other. If you placed both hands together the same time. It's really easy method to get that. That UH see this happen and as you heard there -- an audible click. At this point now you wanna turn on yourself or about when you turn yourself or -- on remember we're dealing with higher pressures here she wanted to turn -- -- -- -- very slow. Remembers just like -- cascade system we don't want to adopt the -- wants. For safety purposes and to get the maximum Meyer that we can another key point chief that we need to remember is this is designed for emergency use only. The UH she is not designed for somebody to run out of a fire that slow on air and wanted to get back -- fire chores -- system quickly it's designed for emergency use only. When you're trying with the issue should -- not using air just practice making -- hook up. What you're not stress on the bottles and and the rest of the system. -- More talk about three pieces of equipment that the rapid mention you can hear -- First one is -- we should all Karrie Webb. Good way to protect it is rolled up any cover up with a latex first responder glove. That way we -- out of our pocket. We can simply peel the glove. Grab the end and simply roll the weapon out. Deploy it now we can simply creating girth hitch for drag. The second piece of wedding. Is the -- coal or slang like this is a color coded. Piece of equipment. Reds. Slide up the legs the yellows. We'll slide over the arms in the green slides behind the head. And we simply uses the -- advice this ultimately used for a lowering device is rated artists that we can use to lower our fire. Awful roof or up through -- -- and more. Finally. The most important piece of equipment that we can Carrey is our wire cutters. Everybody should carry -- dollars. Not only to. Protect yourselves to cut yourself wire entanglement. But we all need here wire cutters to free the fire fire we crawl on a far -- victim anything happening wires. We need to be able. Robert what turned.

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