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Mon, 9 May 2011|

Mike Ciampo reviews procedures for firefighters operating on fire escapes.



[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Mike Ciampo. Welcome to this segment of training minutes. Today we are going to go over, over some procedures on a fire escape. There's numerous types of ladders on a fire escape. We have the drop ladder outside the goose neck ladder up at the top. When we go to release the drop ladder, many firefighters were taught to stand out front. The drop ladder is held by a hook or a counter weight. When we go up to lift this, and release it, as we step back, many times the ladder might fall out of the trap. It may be old, warped, dilapidated, it could fall out and injure us. Firefighters who try to maintain their position. Beneath the fire escape. They'll use their hook, they'll lift up, they'll release the hook, and then the ladders gonna come down. If the ladder falls out of it's tracks, you're protected by the fire escape. If I would take this hook he's gonna lift up and release the hook. Now you have a lot of weight here. You don't wanna hold the hook and try to carry the whole way down. She's gonna come down with some force and speed. So it's you're gonna lift up release it and as it comes down, she'll start coming down step back [noise] for protection. There's numerous types of fire escapes, again this is a drop ladder. Some firefighters are taught theat they, they should climb the drop ladder beneath the fire escape and then rotate around, that's a real problem, again, that can force the ladder out of its track, you can hit your tank your head up. On the bottom of the platform, so you're better off climbing the trap ladder from out front [noise], also, prior to climbing it, give it a little shake, make sure it's in its track before climbing and putting your body's weight on it. Again, these things are out and weathered year round. There's not much maintenance other than some paint. When you go to climb, don't be so fast to climb in the middle. Try to keep your boots towards the outside. What this does. It keeps some of the weight at the wells and distributes more. If we get in this bouncing motion, and groan, we can bend these rails, they can forcibly come out, and we're going to bend them. Remember, when we get to the drop ladder with our hand tools we can use the hook to hook onto the rungs to help our climb. Pull up [noise] We'll set that up, we'll get our balanced position with our halogen, and we'll begin to climb and side up the rails. [noise] [SOUND] As you, begin to proceed up to the next level, we can take our hook. [SOUND] [noise] We can just hook it up on the next rail. Reach up, stick it in, grab your hand tool, and proceed up to the next level. [noise] Remember, as we're going to proceed up the stairwell, up the fire escape. This, the fire escape's have been exposed to the element year round. Maintenance is very poor. Usually they only paint these things. We don't want to run up the center and bounce up these stairs. What we want to do is we want to maintain our feed to the outside of the stingers. Just like we are going into a house that has fire damage to the stairwell. We want to distribute the weight near the edge. That's where the support of the stairs will be. We'll take our feed, we'll go to the outside, so we don't break one of the treads. As you're going up maintain one hand on the railing, so that if a tread does break you don't fall through the fire escape. Remember, once we're up here we're going to retrieve our hook that we didn't have to carry up and bring it back up. So we could work with it. I'm Mike Champo. Thanks for watching this segment of Training Minutes.

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