We don’t usually post a whole lot on firefighter fitness, however it is definitely an important aspect of how we do our trade. Check out Fire Service Warrior and EngineCo22 for regular fitness posts. A friend and brother firefighter, Brian Hackenburg, has been training for the full 140.6 mile triathlon distance. Several other of us are competing on team relays of varying distances. Some are even doing the sprint distance on the Saturday before the big race for a little warm-up. This will be the Pre – Rev3Triathlon Cedar Point post with another to follow after the September 9th race.
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Over the last few weeks during various trainings and prop builds, we have put the new Mechanix Wear Leather Extrication glove to the test. Some of the specifics of the glove from the manufacturer are listed first followed by a video and several pictures. The gloves are available on the Mechanix website now and from various retailers in the near future.
Here is a description of the Mechanix Wear Leather Education Gloves right from the web: Fire, Safety and Rescue professionals all can use the hand protection offered by the Leather Extrication glove. Premium Cowhide Leather protects the palm and between fingers while reinforced Kevlar® panels add grip and puncture resistance. The top of the hand is protected by a Kevlar® outer shell as well as TPR knuckle and finger protection. An elastic gaiter cuff keeps debris out, making this glove versatile enough for everything from extrication to overhaul.
Train, fish, play barbies and repeat has been the order of the last few days. Here are some of the findings, pictures, and video of using a First Responder Jack with our new sleeves on a school bus. We have used the sleeves in several different scenarios now with good results. Check out the previous post here. Our next goals are to get into some more industrial settings and a roof collapse onto the second floor which pins a victim. Please share some thoughts on possible scenarios where this set-up would possibly be useful. We would like to try your ideas. We don’t think the sleeves are an everyday tool, but they may get us out of a bind when a life is on the line.
Brother firefighter Charlie Hillman shared this watering hole support system. What’s in your first due?
This is a picture of a piece of wood timber that is being used as a column to support the floor system from the basement below at a local watering hole. The structure is a 20′ x 40′ single story wood frame building, with a flat roof structure and a floor system that is composed of 2″ x 12″ lumber supported by masonry piers. The timber is approximately 4 inches in diameter and approximately 8 feet long, and is wedged between lumber at the top and bottom, with the lumber resting on the concrete floor at the bottom.
Some say its to slow, but a little practice, a decent MDT or ipad, and having a general knowledge of vehicles on the road can make you faster and safer on the wreck scene. Michael Smith had an article out yesterday where he talked about avoiding high strength steels when your tools are dated. Read the article here. Are your tools capable of cutting the HSS, UHSS, and boron that Smitty regularly brings to our attention on boronextrication.com?
After seeing a couple variations of sleeves for high-lift jacks we made a few. Brother Firefighter Stout helped with fabricating them and tracking down some steel. You can read more about the “OJ Sleeves” from the brother’s in Michigan or view some pictures from Andrew Brassard’s variation here.
We had the opportunity to break the new sleeves in by lifting and moving some 3,500 pound concrete blocks. This will be the first of a couple posts showing their use and challenges. We are planning to do a little more jack team work later in the week on a school bus.
Last weeks post on some ventilation training (Read Here) spurred an idea Phil Burden and some other seasoned firefighters have wanted to try. The idea was to cut the roof between the first and second trusses from gutter to gutter over the ridge. Then pull the entire gable end off for ventilating the attic space. A bunch of questions about why we would do that on the fireground came up initially within the crew, but we decided to see if it was practical before addressing tactics. Plus, we like a challenge.
Are you familiar with safety locks for doors, cabinets, and steps? Many of us with kids have used these safety measures to prevent injuries, falls, poisonings, and running out the front door into the street. Don’t laugh to loud at this next suggestion, but the next time your in one of the big box stores, check out the baby section and see all the different locks and gates. Now imagine these obstacles in a smoked up joint. For a few bucks you can get some door knob covers for your next search and rescue training. It’s a bit of a challenge to open the door with gloved hands, but even tougher if you don’t know what your feeling.
We’re going to start this post off with a little discussion on ventilation and building construction by watching a video. Let me first say, this video is not about the tactic to ventilate a single story ranch joint, because most often your right, we wouldn’t. We had a roof and this was one part of the training to learn about a louvered cut and in the end, the modular home truss system. We also decided to skip wearing SCBA’s on this day since it was 80+ degrees. Pay particular attention to the firefighter in the video as he moves from cut to cut, he clicks the saw brake on and off as you should. Once the roof is opened up, pause the video and check out the 2×2 truss system. We could get into a whole discussion on why not to go on a roof of this type with fire conditions below.
Veteran firefighter Kevin Gadd put this post together after a few fireworks displays he inspected in July. Lot’s of good information for what to look for, watch for, and as far as ducking…hopefully you did the inspection. Kevin also adds a little first due commentary about when I got to tag along on one of the inspections.
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This past month I had the responsibility to be the Fire Inspector for two different fireworks displays in our Jurisdiction. Paul had the opportunity to accompany me on the first shoot along with another part time member of our department. I took the time to explain what I was looking for and what the Ohio Revised Code stated that we need to sign off on. I told them I had already completed the paperwork on my first couple visits and this was going to be the final for the show. Distances were covered such as 70’ per inch of shell for spectators They had a lot of questions and it is always a good time to conduct some training, right Paul?
Anyway here are the photos from the first show.
As you can see this shooter nailed his bracing together to form a box. This was really a lot more stable than I thought it was going to be. He also had some Cakes set out around the main shot. (more…)
It really is amazing how unpredictable the fire service is because yesterday a bunch of us trained at a huge grain elevator complex with no wind and 90 degree temperatures, then later in the evening we were on Lake Erie in the fire boat searching for a missing person. The importance of constantly adding to your first due tackle box through training will keep you prepared for the next call. The rest of this post includes some of the training scenarios we had set up at the farm rescue training hosted by the Northern Ohio Fools and Ehove Career Center. Also check out more on farm rescue from a previous post here.