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Razor Wire and Wrought-Iron Fences

Tue, 29 Nov 2011|

John Buckheit shares ways of getting past razo wire atop chain link fences and how to deal with patients who have become impaled on wrought-iron fences.

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Transcript

[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm John Buckheit, I'm back with Fire Engineering, for another Training minutes. We're gonna look today at Razor Wire, which is found in areas that really want high security, and some ways you can get through it, and some hazards involved with that. And then we're also going to look at wrought iron fences and a a method that you can deal with people that may have been impaled by those security devices. I have here a little sample, typical razor wire. The problem with this stuff. It's generally constructed of stainless steel. It's pretty strong even though it's small diameter. So, I have the pliers that I would normally carry in my pocket and when I go to cut it, they really, it, it doesn't even dent it. It makes no, no impact whatsoever. Timmy if you could come on in? I have Timmy Keenan with us. Timmy's gonna hold a piece. I'm gonna try to attack it with this, small bolt cutter. And it almost does the job, but not quite, a lot of guys carry a bigger bolt cutter, the teeth, it's too much of a space in between, you're not gonna get through it. So another alternative with this type of stuff, we can use a torch. A map and, Oxygen torch or in this case we have Acetylene and Oxygen. Set up a good flame, and cut through that razor wire. Now, it's a nice evolution because it, it imparts no movement into that wire. So if you have a victim, could be an intruder who got caught up in the security and needs to be rescued. Could be a firefighter. I myself years ago had a, an occasion where I was on a roof at a major fire. There was a good blanket of snow on the roof. A fellow called me over to have me take my saw and make an inspection hole. As I went over to him he told me whoa. Stop. What are you doing? There was a little depression there. Turned out that the snow had filled up. A shaft that had been stuffed with this razor wire to prevent entry down below. The place was an electronic store. So if it wasn't for him telling me to stop, I might have flow in there and been trapped in there. You could have a child or somebody get caught up trying to get a ball off that went up on a roof or something like that, and you want to be prepared to know how to deal with this type of emergency. We're gonna come over now. We're gonna do the evolution and just walk you through it. Okay, I've set up my torch. I have a decent flame. We're looking at maybe quarter inch tips. You would just come in, pre-heat that metal for a little bit. And then when you think it's ready, it starts to bubble, you're gonna oxidize it, you should wear glasses so you don't get your eyes hurt. And it just cuts it that quick. There's no problem with putting any motion into that, it's not gonna further damage that victim, just come in, stabilize them, get them set up. Get your torch out, come a little bit away from them so that the heat doesn't transmit down this and it slices through it like butter. It's a good use of the specialty tool. We're going to look briefly at an evolution that's been done, numerous times. We had people that jumped at fires, we've had people that were trying to climb around kids, young adults, and they slipped and they got impaled on these rod iron fences. I believe it's code, now in NYC at least, that you can't have them unless they're at least 6 feet high, but there are plenty of old installations still around and people can still get stuck. When that happens, the first move is you have to come in. You have to stabilize that victim, try and secure them from movement, take their weight off of, off of the fence. We've used six-foot hooks. Guys have just made chair carries and so forth with their arms Stabilize that person. And then, what we're gonna do is, we're gonna take. Timmy, if you would. Some type of fabric, and we're gonna place that fabric between the victim. We're gonna say that the victim is over here. They've been impaled. Timmy's gonna put that fabric there. In this case it's a old [UNKNOWN] hood, he's gonna take a, two and a half gallon can. He's going to wet that and I'm going to come in and cut it and that will then free that person that we can then transport them, secure them with a bulky dressing and get them to the hospital. [SOUND] [SOUND] All right I'm preheating it now. Once you see the metal start to bubble, you know that it's time to introduce the oxygen. [SOUND] Where guys get into trouble with this. It, it does take time to get the feel, to adjust. Both the fuel and the oxygen properly. You wanna hear like a jet motor going. You wanna see a quarter-inch blue tips. Get that close to your objective if it's thick, oblique. If it's thinner you can go more at an angle with the tip. And then don't be in too much of a rush. Cuz if you cut too fast and that **** remains. It's, it's hard to burn through that **** again so just get fixed, slowly go through the stock, you'll cut trough it and then at that point we had Timmy applying water. He's protecting the victim from the heat, we have another member monitoring with a bear hand making sure the victim is not getting too hot from the conduction. We got people stabilizing the, we can bring them off to the hospital. Thanks for watching. It's been another Training Minute. I hope you enjoyed it.

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