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Carrying a Portable Saw up a Portable Ladder

Mon, 11 Apr 2011|

Mike Ciampo demonstrates different ways of carrying a portable saw up a portable ladder for roof operations.

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Transcript

[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] I'm Mike Ciampo welcome to this segment of training minutes. In this segment we're going to go over ways of carrying a portable power saw up a portable ladder. If we have no saw sling the firefighter is going to have to find a well balanced position to grab the saw. And begin to climb the ladder its very important that he doesn't climb rung to rung. He has to maintain contact with the ladder, and three points of contact with the ladder. As he climbs, he'll slide his left hand up the rail. While carrying the saw out. We have to be careful once we reach the fly section of the ladder. That the saw doesn't grab it and get caught. You have to maintain the saw out. Some firefighters prefer maybe going with the under hand grip so it's out a little further. It's a little bit awkward but there's a balance you hae a chance of hitting yourself in the leg. It may better to use a sling once we attach a saw sling. There's a couple of different ways for a fire fighter to carry the saw up the portable ladder. One is just throwing it over one's shoulder. [SOUND] Throws it over his shoulder he maintains his grip on the ladder. He can slide problem is a lot of times the saw has a natural ability to swing around and wants to ride up your hip off your tank. Cause you to lose your balance it's a little bit more difficult you might have to lean to one side of the ladder. But its an achievable method of climbing. Another technique when using the saw sling, is for the firefighter to remove his helmet, and throw it across his back and shoulders. It will keep the saw riding back on the tank, of the SCBA, and it should be out of the way, while we climb the portable ladder. [SOUND] Now you can maintain full hand control up the ladder as he slides the rails and the saw is out of the way. Remember, prior to getting off the ladder the firefighters should [UNKNOWN] the roof with the hand tool and then again with his body's weight, ensuring that roof stability is fine. Here's a quick little safety tip when operating on a roof. Other than just standing there holding the hook when we're near the edge, the firefighter can use it as a safety railing. He'll take the head of the hook, smack it into the asphalt shingle or the roof sheathing, or to the edge, and he can prevent a firefighter from stepping off the roof. I'm Mike Ciampo, thanks for watching this segment of Training Minutes.

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