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Victim Removal into Tower Ladder Basket

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Tue, 6 Mar 2012|

Nick Martin shares some tips about removing a civilian victim via the tower ladder basket. Sponsored by Globe.

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Welcome to Fire Engining and Training Minutes, sponsored by Globe Turnout Year. I'm Nick Martin and today we're going to talk about some tips for removing a civilian victim into a tower without a basket. One of the best capabilities of a tower ladder is civilian victim removal. Removing a victim down a forwardable ladder or down a straight arrow ladder. Is one of the most complicated, and tiresome, and dangerous maneuvers a fire fighter can perform. The aerial power ladder basket offers some distinct capabilities there, but we need to position and use it right. Before we get to rescuing our victim, we'll talk a little bit about positioning. First off, our approach. When we approach rescuing a civilian victim from an elevated window, whenever possible, we want to approach from above, coming down towards the victim. If we were to come to this window here and come up from underneath, and we have a panicking victim, that victim may choose to jump into our tower basket. That victim could land on top of one of our fire fighters, and the shock load of that victim jumping into the basket could cause a catastrophic failure of the aerial device. So we wanna make sure whenever possible, we approach in from above, down to our victim, making eye contact with them and reassuring them as we approach for the rescue. Second is our approach angle. Whenever possible we wanna position to get the side of the basket towards our window. The front of these tower latter baskets nowadays are mounted with all kinds of equipment, such as. This is the stang gun, here we have some hose, we might have light, etc. And if we were to go head on with the tower basket, we end up being a little further set back from the window than we want, and we end up having to operate over the top of all these devices here, and it just complicates our efforts, so we want a position for the side. A common misconception is the use of these doors. We wanna avoid using these doors in bringing a civilian into the basket. The problem is, when we open up this door here we create a near floor-level opening. And in the height and excitement of rescuing a victim, it's easy for one of us to lose balance and depending on the weight and size of that victim, this is an easy exit for either us to lose the victim out and down, or for one of us to be pulled off is we come off balance. With this door closed, I'm secured at waist height and there's a much less greater chance of me being pulled out of the basket by the victim in an unexpected movement. Curtis is inside of the window there. He's the interior search team. And he has already located our victim and brought him underneath the window. We're gonna see what Carnice is gonna look to do as he brings the victim up, is we're gonna bring the victim out, head and chest first. It's important to bring head and chest out first, because we wanna get that heavier upper portion of the body into the basket. If we bring the head and chest out and we lose the legs over the side, those are lightweight. We can easily recover them. But if we were to bring feet out first into the basket and then lose the torso, that's all of the weight and we're gonna have a very difficult time recovering that and maintaining control of the victim. So Curtis is in there he's gonna approach the victim from the back, using a bear hug kind of to scoop and bring that upper chest over the window. You wanna do it from the back, because the body bends much more easy this way, not so much this way. And laying the victim chest-first across the windowsill into the basket to the basket firefighter is gonna make for an easy transition from the window into the basket. So now that we've hit some of the essentials about our positioning and our skill, let's see it all in action. [SOUND] [SOUND] [SOUND]. As we can see, with a little bit of teamwork and coordination, our transition from the window into the basket and down to the ground and off the EMS is smooth. With a little bit of planning and proper positioning, removing a civilian into the ___ basket is one of the most effective ways to quickly remove a civilian to the exterior other than perhaps using the interior steps if available. Thanks for watching Fire Engineering's Training Minutes, and thanks to our sponsor, Globe Turnout Gear. [BLANK_AUDIO]