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Hoseline for Firefighter Removal

Mon, 28 Jan 2013|

Joe Alvarez and company demonstrate using a charged hoseline to remove a firefighter who has fallen to a lower floor.



[MUSIC] [NOISE] [SOUND] Welcome to Fire Engineering's training minutes, I'm Joe Alvarez, today we're going to talk about removing a downed firefighter that's falling through a floor into a lower level. A lot of times people seem to forget that a simple thing as a hose line that's in their hands might be utilized to save a down firefighter. Okay, what we're doing here is we're going to take a charged hose line. We're going to make a bow in that. We're going to start to send it down to the firefighter that's awaiting in the floor below. Once we've done that, the firefighter down below is gonna lock his arms this hose line, and the company up here is gonna extract them out of the hole. Ok guys, start to make a bow and send it down. [SOUND]. Okay, fire fighter has now locked his arms around the hose line and he gave the thumbs up that he's ready to be hoisted up. Now, we have one individual that's on top of the hole, and only one is gonna start to make that call technique. The key to this is is to make sure that companies on both sides of the hose line pull together. If one pulls before the other one pulls, the fire fighter can now roll off of this hose. I'm gonna be making the calls for the firefighter who's in charge today. The only reason why is cuz they're wearing an air mask and you're not gonna hear that on the audio tape. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna make the call. Okay guys, ready, set, one, two, three, haul! Set. One, two, three, haul! Set. One-two-three, haul. Now that we've got him to this point, this is the big one guys. This is where we need to get that hose up and over as far as we can. Guys, one-two-three, go. [NOISE] Okay what we just saw was the company here removing a downed firefighter that was trapped in a floor below. Guys, this isn't Hollywood. Things don't always look pretty when we're at a structure fire and a brother or sister firefighter has been trapped. This is what you're going to see on a fire ground. We're not trying to cut an edit things to make this look pretty. This is what it's going to look like sometimes. It's going to be a mess. It's not always picture perfect. I'm Joe Alvarez. I'd like to thank the Oakland, New Jersey Fire Department. Thank you for watching Fire Engineering's Training Minutes. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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