Home>Topics>>Firefighter Egress from an Upper Floor

Firefighter Egress from an Upper Floor

Thu, 5 Jan 2012|

Dan DiRenzo reviews options for safe firefighter egress from the upper floor of a structure. Sponsored by Sterling Rope.

+

Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)

[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm Dan DiRenzo, welcome to Fire Engineering's Training Minutes. In this segment, we're going to discuss one of the options that are available to firefighters to safely egress an upper floor. There's been previous other traditional options such as a ladder slide and rope light I've talked about in previous training minutes, this one, we're going to focus on the window hang associated with the drop as well. What's going to happen is anytime a firefighter has to perform an egress the window hang is always incorporated somehow. At this point the firefighters going to revert to the window hang and he has no other option. He doesn't have the time to deploy a system or does he have the ability to use the system because he may not be equipped with one. The firefighter is going to be located in the lower level private dwelling or a lower level commercial building where the descent isn't that great. The firefighter comes into the room, establishes himself a safe egress. Okay. He gets himself inside here. All right. Transmits the Mayday. Mayday is imperative. Everybody must transmit a Mayday. So this way, the incident commander knows there's a fire ground problem. The firefighters in the area may be able to assist with the rescue, or they may be able to correct the problem. The firefighter locates his egress point, clears his window out, makes it a door. At that point, he gonna check on conditions to make sure his egress is not any worse than what he has, is subject to inside. He comes to the window. He's gonna select his dominant side which, this time, is his left leg, left arm. He's gonna lead with his head, staying low. He's gonna hang himself. Left arm. Left leg hooks. At this time he's shielded himself, he's bought himself some time. He can move himself back into the window should conditions be alleviated, or he can be transitioned to an aerial ladder bucket, or to a ground ladder. At this time the determination is he has to go. His other option now is he's going to rotate around. He's going to transition himself on his left arm. He's gonna hang himself there. By hanging, this cuts down on his descent for his drop. At that point he'll hang himself, cut down on his descent, He'll drop to a tuck and roll and he should be safe to go. At that point other firefighters can safely egress as well if need be. Now let's look at some real time so you can get the full effect. The firefighter's trapped in an upper floor of a private dwelling. [NOISE] >> Mayday, mayday, mayday. >> He's located a safe refuge and transmitted his [UNKNOWN] mayday. At this time he clears his obstructions [NOISE] making the window a door. [NOISE] He conducts the window hang, hangs himself there, turns himself around, does the hang, goes forward with the drop. A controlled descent. What you just saw on this Training Minute video was another traditional egress method, that can be utilized should a fire-fighter be trapped in an upper floor of a private dwelling, or a lower level commercial building. This will also be deployed if the fire fighters have enough time to utilize the system, or there is no option. Hopefully you'll never be put in this situation. We'd like to thank our sponsors [UNKNOWN] Rope. Thank you for watching Training Minutes. Stay safe.

Related Videos:

  1. Week in Review: December 19, 2011

    Chief Bobby Halton reviews this week's firefighter news.

  2. Towel System for Firefighter Rehab

    Fire Engineering EMS Editor Mike McEvoy describes a three-towel system for firefighter rehab.

  3. Stretching the Initial Attack Line

    Nick Martin of Traditions Training discusses some issues firefighters face while stretching out the initial attack line. Sponsored by Globe.