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Tips for Firefighter Removal

Mon, 7 Mar 2011|

Mike Ciampo shares tips on using tools and managing the SCBA when removing a downed firefighter.



[music] [noise]. I'm Mike Ciampo, welcome 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, and we just release it, and we come down. We really don't wanna go on the side with the face piece, cuz we don't wanna pull that off his face. You come in underneath his other shoulder and reconnect. now we can come up in this position. We're going 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 we'd like to do is we're gonna take the leg, we're gonna throw it up over, and throw it up over. Now he's in position to be lifted. It's real important that we lift together, we don't get a back injury. We want to try to use our leg muscles. You ready? One, two, three, up. And now we can proceed with the removal. Remember, this is just another technique to know and put in your toolbox. We don't want to use this if the member has a severe spinal or back injury. 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.

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