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Overcrowding on Fire Escapes

Mon, 6 Jun 2011|

Mike Ciampo demonstrates how to use fire department ladders to help alleviate traffic on fire escapes, which often become jammed with residents trying to flee during a fire.



[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [SOUND] I'm Mike Ciampo. Welcome to this segment of Training Minutes. In this segment we're going to discuss overcrowding on the fire escape. Many times you'll pull up to a fire and the fire escapes will be loaded with people. The drop ladder, being it's vertical, is a very difficult ladder for the people to climb down. Especially if they're lowering children. And more elderly people, you'll get a log jam here. What we like to do is we like to use our own fire department ladders to assist us. Normally we'll take a portable ladder and we like to through it opposite, the first landing, opposite the drop ladder. Some firefighters were taught to place the portable ladder right on the top railing of the first level. There's a couple problems with that. One, we have metal on metal, the ladder could shift, especially on an icy, snowy day, wet day. The other thing is once the firefighter climbs making the transition over, when he transitions from ladder to fire escape. His body's [stammer] (going) over the railing, it could slide. [pause] [climbing] When a firefighter gets up to the tip of the ladder, he may want to change to a(n) underhand grip, on the top rung. And also, hold on to the fire escape. He'll go to climb. And then he has to transition over. You have to be very careful on this transition over. Going too fast can cause the ladder to slide. Placing the portable ladder to the front [UNKNOWN] of the fire escape can be a dangerous procedure. Fire fighters operating up here. Civilians passing each other. Somebody walking by not paying attention, can hit the ladder and they run and slide right on us. And fall. Remember. We like to place our extension ladder opposite the drop ladder at the first floor landing. We'll place it alongside one to three rungs above the railing against the building. We want a deployable ladder next to the railing and it will permit an easier transition for the fire fighter to get on to the fire scape or victims to be removed. As you can see, in this situation we have an obstruction. We can't have the portable ladder so far out. Our climbing angle will be terrible. So we're going to revert to using our aerial ladder apparatus. We'll place it alongside and at a good climbing angle. This will permit an easy transition for the firefighter to get on the fire escape and the civilians to be removed. [BLANK_AUDIO] >> Remember, when you get up here you're gonna have to size up the fire escape. If it's heavily overcrowed, that adds weight to it, we just don't wanna leave the aerial ladder and jump over. It causes an impact load, could cause a collapse. We want to maintain a grip onto the arrow ladder and make our transition over. Again, we want to sound this. Make sure it can hold us. You'll maintain a grip on the arrow ladder as your last piece of safety. When faced with heavy overcrowding conditions on numerous floors firefighters can place another aerial device fire tower to the opposite side platform to relieve the over crowding on the upper flours i'm mike champo thanks for watching this segment and training minutes

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