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Towel System for Firefighter Rehab

Tue, 17 Jan 2012|

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


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Hi welcome to training minutes. Today we're gonna talk about a wet -- system or firefighter rehab. Using three buckets. Filled with water. When he towels. A bleach solution. And a measuring cup. To measure the bleach solution of one cup measuring cup. The rockets. Have an ice water solution. In the first bucket that contains the wet towels. A -- solution. And a bleach solution. Which we're gonna use to -- -- -- towels after -- used by firefighters. Right now we have ice in the ice bucket. This could be just water until ice is available. Ice and hotter temperatures makes -- -- colder. And what you wanna do what the towels before you give them to a firefighter. Is bringing the towel out fifth so that it's. Cold wet but not dripping with water before you give it to the fire -- After that house used we're gonna put it through our recycling system. -- look look at setting that up. We have two buckets three quarters of the way full with water the first bucket we're gonna add a couple bleach to the bucket. The solution needs to be a quarter cup of bleach. For each gallon of water we have four gallons of water in a five gallon pail so we'll put one cup of bleach. Into the first pocket. A towel that's -- been used by a firefighter. After comes out of the bucket. And it's going back through the recycling system. Goes into the bleach solution. Sits in the bleach solution. For a minute. -- the towel out to get the -- off. Put an end to the -- solution. Get rid of any residual bleach. -- the -- out again and into the -- solution. So this three bucket system. A container of bleach. A measuring cup one cup twenty towels. Can be put together kept on your rescue kept on the ambulance kept on an engine any piece of apparatus they have. Use for firefighter rehab as we've written about and fire engineering magazine. Equivalent to any other commercial devices that you would use for cooling firefighters actively cooling on the fire ground. And once your finished with a solution. One question might be what -- do with these different containers the bleach solution needs to be dumped into a drain. So that it's not contaminating the environment. The other two the immense. And the cooling solution can be dumped on the -- around the point towels go back to your station. Going to the watch. A quarter couple plea to a point -- we'll get the towels ready for reuse the next time -- need to do -- Those three buckets that point towels bleach and -- can be kept on any piece of apparatus that you have. An excellent tools for cooling firefighters on the fire. Thanks for watching training minutes I'm Mike -- in -- editor Byron.

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