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The Quick-Release Method

Tue, 8 Feb 2011|

Mike Ciampo demonstrates a quick way of temporarily removing your SCBA in order to escape an entanglement on the fireground.

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[music] [noise] [noise] Hi, I'm Mike Ciampo, welcome to this segment of Training Minutes. Today we're going to deal with something called the quick release methods. Unfortunately, many times on a fire ground, a firefighter can become entangled, whether it's wire, cable wires running down a hallway, coming in a window getting caught up in the blinds or the curtain strings. It holds us up. We can't pull forward. We're trapped. We're just hung up on something so small, but it's hanging us up. To perform this method, the firefighter will come over to both shoulder straps, and he's going to release. He's going to slide his right arm out. Then he's gonna come with his right hand right through the sheet belt and release the sheet belt. His left hand's gonna maintain a grip on the shoulder strap. It's very important he never lets go with his left hand. As he slides the mask off, [SOUND] he can turn in, [SOUND] to the mask, and try to see what he's getting hung up on. It's very important that if you have your tools, a knife, a wire cutter, a plier, you keep that in your right pocket, or your right leg pocket. And you can come out and you'll be able to cut, you'll look for that wire, that entanglement, and you'll be able to cut it, and you're going to return your tool. It's very important that we don't ever let go of the left hand, the left hand is very important, if we lose the mask or we let go of the left hand. What happens if we grab, how are we gonna put it back on? He wants to maintain that left hand grip. This way he knows where the pack is. And he can also just throw it right back on. He can then find it and toss it and he'll put it right back on. It's very easy to do in zero visibility smoke condition. Comes back with his shoulder straps, finds his waist straps, he reconnects. Now you can proceed forward. Again, this is a very important maneuver to master a skill. You can become entangled very easy in a fire ground, although some people say you shouldn't take your SC bay of your body, there's no sense of fighting the material for minutes at a time, causing panic, more use of air. Learn this technique. It may save your life [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [SOUND] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Remember, this is a quick release maneuver, it's designed to get us out of an entanglement quickly. If a suspended ceiling were to drop and pin us down, that's probably when we'd probably want to call a Mayday, and have others arrive and help us get out of the entanglement. I'm Mike Ciampo, thanks for watching this segment of Training Minutes.

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