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Mon, 9 May 2011|

Mike Ciampo reviews procedures for firefighters operating on fire escapes.



[MUSIC] [noise] Hi I'm Mike Ciampo, welcome to this segment of Training Minutes. Today we're going to go over some procedures on a fire escape. There's numerous types of ladders on a fire escape, we have the drop ladder, we also have 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, the drop ladder's held by a hook or a counterweight. When we go up to lift this and release it, as we step back, many times the ladder might fall out of the tracks. It may be old, warped, dilapidated. It could fall out and injure us. Firefighters should try to maintain their position beneath the fire escape they'll use their hook they'll life up and then the ladder is gonna come down if the ladder falls out of its tracks you're protected by the fire escape. The firefighter will take this hook, he's going to lift up, he'll release the hook, now you have a lot of weight here. You don't want to hold the hook and try to carry it the whole way down. She's going to come down with some force and speed. So you're just going to, you're going to 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 that they, they should climb the drop ladder beneath the fire escape, and then rotate around. That's a real problem, again, it can force the ladder out of of its track, you can hit your tank, your head up. On the bottom of the platform. So you're better off climbing it, the trap ladder from out front. [SOUND] Also, prior to, climbing it give it a little shake. Make sure it's in its tracks, before climbing it 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 [UNKNOWN], we could bend these rails. They could forcibly come out, and we're gonna 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. [UNKNOWN] up. We'll set that up. We'll get our bal, balance position with our halogen. I'll begin to climb, and slide up the rails. [SOUND]. As we begin to proceed up to the next level, we can take our hook. 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. Remember, as you're going to proceed up the stairwell, the fire escape. The fire escapes have been exposed to the element year around. 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 feet to the outside of the stringers. Just like we're 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. So we'll take our feet and we'll go to the outside so we don't break one of the treads. [noise] 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 can work with it. I'm Mike Ciampo. Thanks for watching this segment of Training Minutes.

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