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Packaging a Down Firefighter

Wed, 9 May 2012|

Nick Martin shares a systematic method for packaging a down firefighter for removal. Sponsored by Globe.


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Welcome acquire engineering training minutes thanks to our sponsor will turn out here I'm nick Martin. And today we're gonna talk about a systematic matter for. Packaging and assessing -- downed firefighter. Locating it down firefighter during a with deployment will be one of the most challenging. Maneuvers of your career and not knowing the original situation that caused the fire -- go down can be difficult. To tell where to Begin so we should approach our downed firefighter in an organized manner. That's gonna allow us to identify the biggest life threats and accomplish things in a systematic manner. Here we've located are down five fighter and I find him in whatever position is -- find him. The first thing I need to do is get this fire -- in a position where I can access them. If he's under a table and drag them out if he has some things on top of them if at all possible long and -- get them off problem and the first thing. I'm gonna seek to do is find -- get my firefighter in the what we're gonna call -- rescue position. Which is simply accomplished by getting him into an exaggerated sitting position using -- need to support them and -- -- come back in the my hips a little bit. The reason I do this is because when we try to approach to down fire fire from the front. Were kind of cross sprained my left is his -- -- his right. My right this is left -- -- -- -- -- in a situation where you're already in -- stressed -- situation -- when your brother firefighters it's very easy to get confused. And simple task like locating the shot off for the past alarm. -- -- certain components. That are gonna interface with our -- SC VA become very difficult. So in this position near my left this is is his left my right as much as his right all I have to do is BO we'll be oriented to where things are on me. And I should be able to locate them -- him very easily. So once we haven't in this position the first thing I'm gonna do if it's activated it shut off the pass along. Shutting off the pass -- allows me here there's another pass along going off nearby the might indicate a second down firefighter. And also allows us the kind of calmed down and be able to communicate with the team. Not typically a -- team is gonna find it down firefighters going to be two or three of us around. It's very easy to end up with too many cooks in the kitchen here too many hands and into many things we're actually getting in the way of each other rather than helping each other routes so while I'm doing this. Our team should split up his. -- apartment trying to accomplish a couple different things so we have a team with three firefighters this little right now firefighters here. Say I'm gonna handle the packaging and assessment my officer gonna go transmit an update of the report. The incident commander on third firefighter might search the area for alternate egress -- might get us out of this situation a Little League -- And now dominant position to assess. We're gonna use them -- not -- a BCD. And more and it. -- is our first step and it's gonna stand for air and that means we're gonna stats are down firefighters there's apps. Within assessing his air that's where -- and mares in the coming to when he talked about -- rent -- rescuers about testing -- firefighters there often a first thing they wanna do. Is take a look. -- what the -- the key that need to remember that the heat could tell -- he has a million -- fairness -- if he doesn't have a -- -- -- that doesn't mean anything. So -- Starr at the -- so -- -- from man's. Personally -- do is I'm gonna I'm gonna -- this my firefighters -- if at all possible. And I'm gonna put my hand on his face putting my analyzed -- -- -- only three things. Does he have a -- piece on. Is there a mass matter regulator connected to it and -- and I feel and or here -- air movement of air being -- in around. If I -- any problems I'm -- immediately proceed to resolve them. My putting a face piece on replacing a missing -- -- -- -- regulator with the one from my -- SE BA it's not right so once I've identified that. I'm not accomplished my and a -- if he hasn't faced piece on -- as a regulator attached and I can go to my A which does you have -- in the -- can. The benefit of this rescue position is it also allows easy access to all the components so I wanna read what his pressure is I can do so here at the -- -- each -- -- -- -- -- into this exaggerated position and get down close to my light and look here at the bottleneck. And I can see what -- their status. If he's got a mask on he's got a regulator -- through -- and there's your in this on there and he still not getting any -- it was based. We have some type of mechanical failure of this that's TBA that we're not -- all inside -- fire line. In that scenario I use my -- SE BA most likely some type of low pressure hose type solution and Begin supplying this firefighter -- -- Off of the -- SE BA bypassing that the FCD -- where I'll still leave that STV on. Because then have his past warm uses -- harness but we're gonna use our moon took us rid SE PA's climate there. So once we assess the air status and we make sure that our firefighters there we can move on to packing down far. So what I'm gonna do it on and allow on the come out of the rescue position and just down onto his side now firefighter wearing a -- -- on his back is gonna end up. With one hip -- or the other and one other hit whatever it is up that's why I'm gonna start with as we move on to the -- which is going to be the belt in our steps right. So in this scenario here we're gonna do maneuver it's very familiar most firefighters and that's during the -- strap between the down butler's -- A couple tricks in doing that. The first thing we wanna do is is loose in this firefighters we've spent the last thing we wanna do is undo this week strapped for ready to reconnect. So with his hip facing up and and use that opportunity to loosen this here and now roll mover and it is -- An easy way to roll firefighter regardless of size over is to use the leg on the down side of the by bringing this -- out with a ninety degree angle and using the ankle in the need. I can very easily lost this firefighters hits over without having to put exert a lot of effort. Once that's done I have my waist strap here and it'll -- out on this side take my leg. Up on on the solar. And only and only here am -- gonna release this way strap and in one swoop. Bring it from one side to the other a critical -- That we've seen a lot of firefighters do is release that -- strap. Dropped one and it gets underneath the fire fighter and I spent 3040 seconds trying to locate one and -- that strap. That's gonna -- that. Our next step -- see with a chest. It's important that we do the -- before the chest because when we go to tighten down these chest straps. That sense of which the SE VE day -- down firefighters back. Depending on the size of a firefighter. That can significantly reduced the amount of available belt strap. To make between the legs and it may mean that you might not have enough right. So once that's done our belt strap is done. -- gonna take my cash strapped and tighten it down. With these new style straps like this -- very easily come on Don and it dragged. If I don't secure so there's two methods I can use here to secure the strap -- -- one on the shoulder. And another one on on the other stores so here on this all right tighten it down. And I'm gonna just take my free -- and run it right through this metal buckle. That's gonna -- on itself and allow that shoulder. Not to come loose when I use it in a draft and now I need to get to his -- shoulder same maneuvers we did before bringing it down leg out. And pushes me over. And now we have our actual -- -- arm out of the way. A second option for securing this strap. Is -- gonna take one he and place it underneath the shoulder strap and with my other hand tighten it down on on top of my own hand. What I'm doing there is now I can take this free and place it between two fingers. And pull it through under strapped. I get a loop here. And I just pass the free and threw -- And tighten it down the reason I played in all my hand is it's a lot easier to feed -- strapped in with my fingers and what through. And is trying fish that through a tighten down shoulder strap. So now we've -- our firefighter we were up to C and to move -- down firefight. So in summary. The first thing we're looking to do is get our firefighter into the rescue position where all the parts are easily accessible. And the first thing we have to deal with as the air they sure got a mask -- -- -- got a regulator on it make sure they got -- of the tank. If there's an if all those things are -- and he's still a problem you have some type a catastrophic failure and you resolve that problem with -- rid SC VA. And all the belts strapped. Making sure that you only release that belt buckle once you fully extended both sides have a leg up on your shoulder and are ready to and one fluid motion. Go from belt under the legs and Reebok -- without losing either rent. After that's done. We're gonna tighten down our shoulder straps and secure -- one of the -- methods and proceed to extricate our firefighter. Other cute -- main members by and by now have hopefully updated the incident commander as to what resources we need what our plan is. And our third firefighter might have located some additional egress -- us and we're ready to remove our downed -- -- the outside. Thanks for watching fire engineering meeting minutes and thanks to our sponsor we'll turn out.

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