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Wed, 22 Jan 2014|

Mike Ciampo has some tips on truck work in commercial occupancies, including checking conditions under suspended ceilings and using the halligan to feel your way around. Sponsored by American Military University.

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm Mike Ciampo. Welcome to the segment in training minutes. Today we're going to discuss. Commercial occupancies. Well often truck companies come in, and they'll face suspended ceilings. What we'll do is, we'll always want to check initially, right when we get into the building, the conditions above us. If we're here for just a light [UNKNOWN], it's still important than move, remove a ceiling tile and see if we have a buildup of smoke above us. In a working fire we don't want to get too deep into the occupancy and have fire raging above our heads. So, the first member through the front door, with a hook, will go to the left or right of the front door, and he's going to remove the ceiling tile, tear some tin open, or get through the sheet rock or lath and plaster to check conditions above him. A firefighter with a set of irons will also [UNKNOWN] to the left or right. And his job is to check below. So often worried about conditions above us. We forget about below us. He can take his halligan tool and drive the pick of it through the floor. If it bounces off or it's solid, that might tell us that we have a concrete floor, terracotta. If it goes right through and it's wood and he pries it out. You can see if flame or smoke come out of that hole. And we can use a thermal imaging camera to check conditions below us. If a firefighter was going to an adjoining store with fire in [UNKNOWN] roof and we did face suspended ceilings and he knew what he had above his head. He'd want to pull the ceiling initially from the safety of a door frame. We don't want to get underneath a whole suspended ceiling and yank down and have the whole thing drop down on us. It will come down with wires, cable wires, HVAC systems and we can become trapped. So let's use the safety of a door frame. To pull the ceiling and hopefully it drops down in front of us. As we work forward, we might have to stay back to the safe zone and keep pulling and have the ceiling come down in front of us. There's a quick tactical tip when searching with a Halligan tool, make sure we have the ads and the point facing downward. This ways we're moving it across if it was to go over a hole in the floor or over a stair tread she'll drop and it will pin your back hand down to the floor. If we hold the tool in this direction she'll slide right over the same as this. When we do it in this finish. She'll drop, pinning our hand. We'll stop, and we'll feel with our foot. Stairs, stairs, and you'll know. [NOISE] [SOUND] I'm Mike Champa and thanks for watching this segment for Training Minutes. And I'd like to thank our sponsor, American Military University.

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