I’m teaching a forcible entry class at the Ehove Career Center Fire Academy later this week. With all the information available on forcible entry it is just not possible to share it all in one 4 hour session, so I started putting together a page of QR codes to give to the students. That way they can do some self study by watching a few videos.
Do you use QR codes in your training programs, at the firehouse for anything, or are you reading this wondering what I’m talking about. If so, its a simple google application and smart phone app for quick viewing. Send a message on Facebook or comment on this post if you need help and I will put together a walkthrough explanation.
Here is what I started putting together for the students. You can print the picture and share it at the firehouse kitchen table or in your porcelain cave.
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If you have never cut on a school bus, you get to ride along with Austrian FF Bernd Altinger in the videos below. FF Altinger was wearing the Fire Cam from FireVideo.net during the heavy rescue class at the 2013 BGSU State Fire School. We had lots of help with tools in this pit from: TNT Rescue Systems, Milwaukee Tools, Dewalt, Hi-Lift Jack, Paratech, Packexe Smash. Give them a “Like”. We couldn’t do the class without all the support.
Read the wrap-up from the under-ride pit HERE.
Through The Side Windows and Wall (teaching point on the angle of your tool early in the video)
You will see in the video below how easily the blade pops out of the sawzal when it is forced while trying to cut multiple layers of a school bus wall. We also learned that our Austrian Brother Bernd Altinger was a new user of the sawzal. Sounds like he was more familiar with a circular type saw.
One option for steering column displacement on a Type D school bus with hydraulics. More coming soon in a FireRescue article comparing the challenges of Type C and Type D school bus driver entrapment.
Through The Roof
Through The Floor. A challenging and time consuming option.
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One more quick post on some of the people we met at FDIC 2013 then back to our regular scheduled training posts. We’ll also be adding a few posts here and there about FF Brian Hackenburg’s triathlon fundraiser for the National Firefighter Endowment (click the logo on the righthand column for more info).
Some of these people below are firefighters, instructors, and/or innovators. Be sure to check them for training and equipment. Next week we’ll be teaching in the Heavy Rescue class at BGSU State Fire School. There are 6 semi cabs, 3 school buses, 2 garbage trucks, and 16 cars lined up for 30 firefighters to cut on. We will try to get pictures up each day next week and if time permits a post each night with a few lessons learned or teaching points.
We had a good time wearing the lightweight extrication gear from Tecgen Xtreme. We wore the gear during the stair climb, although lighter than structural gear; we found that it would provide a definite advantage during extrication, wildland firefighting, and other technical rescue operations. You can talk health and safety until your blue in the face, but is structural gear necessary for fighting a non-structural fire or working an extrication? Reducing internal core temperature while prolonging the life of structural gear may be a growing trend.
We also heard a few grumblings of us wearing extrication gear during the climb and not structural gear. Well, those grumblings are certainly unfortunate considering the cause, brotherhood at the event, and funds raised for the NFFF. If anybody has the brass axes to criticize from a computer screen this year, then here is my proposal for next year: I’ll climb next to you next year at FDIC with structural gear plus an airpack and make the donation for your entry fee.
We dropped in on the FoxFire booth on the way to the stair climb. I had some helmet tets on my helmet, but right away Zac from FoxFire threw some helmet bands our way. Check out the many illuminating products they have in addition to the new SCBA ID Tags.
We’ve been using the First Responder Jack during training for some time now. Read the review HERE. It was nice to meet Jeff Pugh along the way.
It was nice to place a name with a face on several occasions, see the latest / greatest equipment, and chat with countless Brothers. Now it’s time to get back to learning, burning, breaking, and cutting…
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It has been a fun trip the last year with the firefighter innovators behind The Pig and The Pigskin. We first met at FDIC 2012. The Pig has become a pretty common firehouse tool name. Read our review from last summer HERE. This review is strictly about the Beltskin & Truckskin. Lt. Skylar Putnam from Austin, TX put his leatherwork skills to use and found a way to wrap the hog in a useful way for firefighters. He also does custom work. Be sure to read the entire post. The best work is toward the end.
STOP BY BOOTH 616 AT FDIC 2013 TO SEE
THE PIG AND THE PIGSKIN
- 360 degree free rotating swivel
- 2″ black steel D ring on a leather loop
- 1″ leather loop (we added a carabiner to carry a light box)
A few things that we helped Lt. Putnam adjust were the velcro closure on the holster. This one was an early model and he was trying to keep the closure as tight as possible. All it took was a larger piece of velcro to ensure good closure when the leather is new and as it gets worn in.
- friction swivel (allows for the handle to be put in any direction and stay)
- 2 old school steel clips on left side for a light box
- custom stamped lumbar plate with name (HASENMEIER – the longest yet out of The Pigskin shop)
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Below is an article from Victoria Williams of the Gloucester County Times on the old school glass bulb fire grenades. All credit to Victoria for the history lesson write-up. Just another great piece of fire service history to keep us tied to our roots and encourage further training as things change…Enjoy the read.
Extinguishing fires before they spread has always been a problem. Glass fire grenades were used widely for over 40 years. Glass fire grenade was manufactured between 1870 and 1910. The grenade resembled a ball-shaped light bulb but was larger. It was also produced in a tear-shape and a rolling pin shape.
Victorian homes and public buildings were furnished with glass fire grenades. They were hung on a wall bracket and were filled with carbon tetrachloride. The glass was thin enough to shatter easily when thrown into the flames. The glass grenade was made to be easily broken and destroyed as it served its purpose of extinguishing a fire. The fire grenades were sealed with cork and a cement to keep the contents from evaporating.
Early glass fire grenades were full of a salt water solution with added bicarbonate of soda or muriate of ammonia. Due to the use of salt water as an ingredient the fire grenade was advertised as non-freezing. Carbon tetrachloride, a dangerous chemical, was used as the fire deterrent in many glass fire grenades. At that time the dangers of its use to the body were unknown. It can cause damage to the lungs, liver, kidneys and the brain. The carbon tetrachloride is easily absorbed into the body through the skin and lungs. People of the late 1800s were not aware of this.
Carbon tetrachloride was used in making refrigeration fluid and as a cleaning fluid by dry cleaners during the last century. It is now banned and is considered a hazardous material. However the fire grenade worked by robbing the fire of oxygen through a chemical reaction.
The glass fire grenade was designed to be used like a military grenade — thrown at the fire to put it out. So the grenade usually had a long neck in order to grasp it. It had a decorative round body, looked like a bottle, and was made in a variety of colors — cobalt blue, olive yellow, green and clear.
The tear-drop shaped glass grenades were made to be placed in a wire rack on the wall in a strategic place. The pointed end was placed in the hole of the rack.
Fire grenades ranged anywhere from 5 7/8 inches to 8 1/4 inches high. A tubular style fire grenade resembling a large chemistry tube or rolling pin was also produced. This variety was also made in various colors, was decorative, and was about 17 3/4 inches high. The tube or rolling pin variety was mounted on the wall in a cast iron mount. Some grenades were made in the shape of a glass chimney with the bottom closed. This type could easily be set in a rack. It was commonly filled with a brine solution and mounted in railcars.
Some of the companies that produced glass fire grenades were the Harden Hand grenade, W.D. Allen Manufacturing Company, Fire Extinguisher M.F.G. Company, Acme Fire Extinguisher, Comet, Hayward, Babcock, Harkness and Little Giant. Many of the glass grenades were embossed with the manufacturer’s name. Many people today do not know that these beautiful and very decorative glass bottles are really fire extinguishers. However, isn’t it ironic that glass fire grenades considered to be so practical for fire safety over a hundred years ago are now found to be toxic and dangerous to humans today if still filled with carbon tetrachloride? See The Original Article Here
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By: Paul Hasenmeier
If you have been following the blog; you probably have seen the videos of forcible entry on our homemade prop. I’ve been told that one of the recent videos where a single firefighter using the blade of an axe to gap the door won’t work. The jury is still out and we need to try it some more, but I can tell you that it works on the prop and worked on the acquired structure door in the pictures and video below.
As firefighters on volunteer, combination, career, small town, rural, or big city departments we must remember that through training we perfect our trade and find other options to get the job done. We often use props to simulate a technique that can be performed on a real structure, but remember that props are like batting cages. The prop gives you routine, muscle memory, and repetition in the same manner that a pitching machine does. However, when you get in the batters box at the ball field or on the door step of a working fire; be ready to adapt to the real life situation.
Thoughts On Why It Won’t Work
- The firefighter won’t be able to steer the blade of the axe. (watch my knee in the video)
- Due to the lack of steering, the axe blade will be buried into the jam and won’t create the needed gap.
The door in the pictures and video below is a standard 32″ x 80″ steel exterior residential door. It had a typical lockset and deadbolt. No additional chain, slide-bolt, or drop bar security measures were on this door.
The door jam itself was in good condition and the door shut tightly when the deadbolt was locked.
The step below the door was already removed, which caused me to place the axe handle on the door threshold. Ideally, the blade would have been better placed just below the lockset.
Check out the video and try the technique…maybe you’ll find it to be a useful option for your tackle box. In addition to the conventional forcible entry techniques, we will be trying this one more in the future. I welcome the discussion, however, if you decide to comment be sure to use your name and add constructive dialogue.
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The next product in the Before The Snow Flies giveaway comes from MN8 Fox Fire. Here is a little about the product from the Fox Fire website:
MN8-Foxfire is a firefighter owned company that develops, markets and sells revolutionary photoluminescent coatings and products that provide illumination for several hours and stay visible in complete darkness for up to 17 hours. Our products will charge in just a few minutes from any light source and can be recharged indefinitely. As a result, there is no need for any external battery, electrical, or energy source other than light.
They have given us a Helmet Band and a set of Helmet Tetrahedrons to give away this week. Two winners will be picked on Friday October 19, 2012. Be sure to enter the giveaway by following the link below. The more you share on facebook via that link the more chances you have to win.
Thanks to the National Firefighters Endowment for helping with the giveaway. Be sure to check out and support the cause.
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