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Folding Ladder for Rescue

Mon, 18 Feb 2013|

Mike Ciampo and company demonstrate using a folder ladder for rescuing a firefighter in distress. Sponsored by American Military University.



[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi. I'm Mike Ciampo. Welcome to this segment of Training Notes. In this segment we're gonna talk about an unusual ladder. It has numerous names. Closet ladder, suzu ladder, folding ladder, attic ladder. And how it opens is very simply pulling it apart. One of the things to learn about this is you must maintain some lubrication on the joints, so that it opens and close fairly easy. There's also a closing device at the end. You just hit, and she'll close. One of the things with this ladder. It has swivel feet. Also lubricate the swivel so they operate freely. In soft ground, you can see that it has teeth right inside the feet. They can be set like this and jammed right into the dirt to put the ladder. The one nice thing about this ladder, if a firefighter was to fall through a floor in a house, it's easy to transport it with a firefighter at the tip and at the base. You can lift it up, go down low, it can be travelled in a closed position. Even if you get to a hole or a floor collapse and you slide it down, even if you sent it in the wrong way. Once you put [UNKNOWN] on the system it won't close on you. In this training minute we're gonna show the use of a portable ladder,this fold in closet scissor ladder, as a rescue device again. If a firefighter becomes trapped, disorientated, if there was a collapse, his exit was cut-off, he can search the outside of walls looking for a window. He'll also relay that information over a radio trying to get his bearings. Firefighters on the outside could take the windows and yell into him. The firefighter will use his [UNKNOWN] tool as a step to try to get out the window. [BLANK_AUDIO] In some situations a firefighter may find that he lost his tool. A collapse, assisting, getting caught up in something. But, he still finds a window. Here we're gonna use a closet ladder or scissor ladder, as a, self escape device. [SOUND] [SOUND]. As we can tell, as a firefighter approach the window, we just can't pull him out. He may have to be twisted, turned, because the mask cylinder, the harness, may get hung up. So let's use a little caution when we get near the window. As we just saw, we had this firefighter self evacuate. We also can use this as a rescue device. If we have a downed firefighter or victim inside, we can slide the ladder back in, transfer the victim on and we'll remove the unconscious victim out of the basement window. In the case of a downed firefighter, we'd always wanna transmit a may day first. Once we ensure the firefighter has air, we've given our may day, we can use a scissor ladder or folding ladder as a rescue device. The ladder will be slid in and two firefighters will put the firefighter on top of the ladder and we're again, gonna use it as a fulcrum and transfer his weight out through the window. When we get near the window, we may have to slow down again so that we ensure his tank and his helmet fit through. On a narrow window, we may have to take the firefighters tank off his back and put it in the front or between his legs to try to make the transition out the window. We'll demonstrate that now. [SOUND]. Ready, one, two, good. Go ahead. Go ahead! Watch, watch the step. Great, you've got to step back. Remember, this ladder is another tool in the tool box. It has multiple uses. Speaker 1: I'm Mike Chapel. We'd like to think American Military University for sponsoring this training manual.

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