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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.

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[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Dan DiRenzo. Welcome to fire engineering's training minutes. In this segment we're gonna discuss one of the options available to firefighters so safely egress an upper floor. There's been previous other traditional options such as the ladder slide and rope lay talked about in other previous training minutes. This one we're gonna focus on the window hang associated with the drop as well. What's gonna happen is, anytime a firefighter has to perform an egress, the window hang is always incorporated somehow. At this point, the firefighter's gonna revert to the window hang, and he has no other option. He doesn't have the time to deploy the system, or does he have the ability to use a system, because he may not be equipped with one. The firefighter's gonna be located in a 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 as safety egress. Okay? Gets himself inside here, all right. Transmits the Mayday. Mayday is imperative. Everybody must transmit a Mayday so this way the instant commander knows as a fire ground problem, firefighters in the area may be able to assist with the rescue or they may be able to correct the problem. The fire fighter locates his egress point, clears his window out and makes it a door. At that point, he's going to check on conditions to make sure his egress is not any worse than what he is subject to inside. He comes to the window. He's going to select his dominate side, which this time is his left leg, left arm. He's going to lead with he head, staying low. He's gonna hang himself. Left arm, left leg hooked. 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 gonna rotate around, he's gonna 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 his descent, he'll drop, do a tuck and roll, and he should be safe to go. At that point, other firefighters can safely egress if need be. Now, let's take a look at this in real time so you can get the good effect. The firefighters in the upper floor of a private dwelling. >> Mayday, Mayday, Mayday >> He's located safe refuge and transmitted his five round Mayday. This time he clears his obstructions, making the window a door. He conducts the window hang, hangs himself there, turns distance around. Let's the hang, Does a forward with a drop. Control descent. What you just saw on this training video was another traditional egress method that could be utilized should a firefighter be trapped in an upper floor of a private dwelling or a lower level of a commercial building. This will also be deployed if the fire fighters have enough time to utilize the system, or there is no other 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.

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