Rolled Salvage Covers Are Easy to Handle

Rolled Salvage Covers Are Easy to Handle


The Volunteers Corner

Salvage covers are probably the most useful articles carried by both pumpers and ladder trucks for limiting fire losses in occupancies where large quantities of water must be used. However, unless you do it frequently, the underwriters fold or other widely recommended folds are soon forgotten. Here is a fold that is easy to learn—and remember:

Lay the cover on a clean floor with the outer, or waterproof, side up. One man stands at each end of the cover. Each man grasps a corner on the same edge and brings it over to the opposite corner to fold the cover in half.

Each man then grasps the same corner and carries it to the fold just made in the center of the cover. The new fold is smoothed out, and there are three layers of material on one side of the fold and one on the other.

Each man now takes a firm grip at the end of the fold nearest him and includes all three layers in his grasp. Both men lift the cover off the floor with a swing that brings the single layer of material against the other three layers as they reach a vertical position.

With his free hand, each man grasps all four layers at the lower corner. The two men give a quarter turn to the cover and lay it on the floor. One man stands on one end of the cover while his partner raises his end and snaps the cover to align the folds and remove wrinkles. Any ropes attached to grommet holes are then placed atop the cover. One end is then carried to about 4 feet from the other end, leaving a fold crosswise. This fold is then carried to 6 inches from the topmost end, and each succeeding fold is carried to 6 inches from the preceding fold.

This is continued until no more folds can be made. Then a roll is started at the last fold and continued until the entire salvage cover is in a compact roll. The lengthwise folds will be on one side of the roll, and it will be necessary to compact this side of the roll more than the other to maintain the same diameter throughout the roll.

You will notice that all the folds are on one end of the roll and the waterproof side is on the outside. When you set the roll down to use it, place the end with the folds on the floor so that any water present will not dampen the underside of the cover that will rest on the material protected.

If the articles to be covered are sturdy, the salvage cover can he unrolled over the top of the articles and the cover can then be pulled down over the articles. The side edge on top is pulled first, and then the other edge is pulled out from under.

When the articles to be covered are less stable, another method is used. The rolled cover is stood on the end with the folds and then unrolled by two men until the second end is uncovered. One man grasps the top four-layer corner of each end. They then run away from each other while keeping a firm grasp to prevent the entire cover from falling to the floor.

Facing each other, the men start with the corner of the single layer of cover away from the articles to be protected and grasp as much width of the cover as possible in short folds with the hand nearest the articles. They then work the cover up and over the articles as gently as necessary. It is sometimes helpful to have one or two other men assist if they are available.

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