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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] [SOUND] [MUSIC] [SOUND] [MUSIC] [SOUND] [SOUND] I'm Mike Ciampo, welcome to this segment of Training Minutes. In many previous segments we've shown firefighter removals, today we're just going to 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, 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 it into [UNKNOWN] 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, the 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, [SOUND] and snap. I'm working right here. There's no twisting or rolling the firefighter around. Now, [SOUND] as I come down, many times we wanna drag, we wanna pull. We're all wearing that CBA. We take our waist band and we just release it and we come down. We really don't want to go on the side with the face piece, because we don't want to pull that off his face. You come in underneath his other shoulder and reconnect. Now we can come up into this position. We're gonna use our legs and our back muscles and we're gonna drag this firefighter if we had to move him. Some guys put there hands here some you can just see here using your scba to pull a firefighter. Another quick tip while removing a firefighter is using your flashlight. We're gonna use the seatbelt. Of the flash light to drag this firefighter. We're gonna 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 then we'll just come down and it will be tight. This is gonna give us some room to pull. We'll get away, we can pull the firefighter, and we can remove. [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 him quickly. Using two hooks is gonna speed up the evolution. Yes we should be calling a Mayday for a firefighter down, getting a stoke spacer or a backboard. But there's situations where we can't we don't have time. So we're gonna use two hooks to lift the firefighter. The first hook is gonna come in. We're gonna take the **** end of the hook and we're gonna slide it underneath the shoulder strap. It really doesn't matter which way we go in but it, it's better to come from the outside and go in. And we run it along his body. Next we're gonna come underneath his waistband. We're gonna slide it down along the firefighter to 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 going to come in, [SOUND] even if we have to loosen up the shoulder strap, we gotta get that bite, we'll go down, and we'll also run it. [SOUND] We can come back, we can tighten up. Tighten up. [SOUND] Sometimes we don't have enough material to tie. That's OK. Now, if we're gonna lift this firefighter up, we'd only be supporting his upper body. His legs would belly out and we be dragging them across the ground. So we like to do is, we gonna take the leg, we're gonna throw it up over, and throw it over. [SOUND] 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, ready? One, two, three, up. Now we can proceed with the removal. [SOUND] Remember, this is just another technique to know and put in your tool box. We don't wanna 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 segment of Training [UNKNOWN]

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