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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.



[BLANK_AUDIO] [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 had no saw sling, firefighters are going to have to find a well balanced position to grab the saw and begin to climb the ladder. It's very important that he doesn't climb rung to rung. Guy's should maintain contact with the latter and three points of contact with the latter. As he climbs he'll slide his left hand up the rail while carrying a saw out. We have to be careful once we reach the fly section of the latter that the saw doesn't grab it and get caught. You have to maintain the saw out. Some firefighters prefer, maybe going with the underhand grip. So it's out a little further. It's a little bit awkward, cuz of balance. You have the chance of hitting yourself in the leg. It may be better to use a sling. Once we attach this to our sling, there's a couple of different ways for a firefighter to carry the saw up the portable ladder. One is just throwing it over one shoulder. [SOUND] He throws it over his shoulder, he maintains his grip on the ladder, he can slide. The problem is a lot of time the saw has a natural ability to swing around. It wants to ride up your hip or off your tank, it can 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 it's an achievable method of decline. Another technique when using the saw sling is for a firefighter to remove his helmet and throw it across his back and shoulders. We'll keep the saw running on the back of the tank of the SEBA and 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 [UNKNOWN] out of the way. Remember prior to getting off the ladder to firefighter should sound the roof with the hand tool. And again with his bodies weight. Ensuring that roof stability is fine [SOUND] Here's a quick little safety tip when operating on a roof. Other than just standing there holding the hook horn 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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