The video of a guy punching a bear trap has been floating around social media land the past couple days (it is below if you missed it). By no means are we experts on traps, but I watched a few smaller sized traps get tuned the other evening by a firefighter on my shift. Of course, I immediately wanted to see what the traps do, so I got child cpr dummy to volunteer (video below). Will we get many calls for people in traps? Probably not, however, the traps are another mechnical entapment possibility worth reviewing.
1 1/2 coil spring trap typically for small woodland creatures such as muskrat and mink.
Click The Pig's logo below to follow on Facebook. Brother Moren and company have put some money where it matters by donating some tools to the Detroit Mutual Aid project.
Central Texas is a "flash flood alley" and the Austin Fire Department has stepped up training. Below are a few pictures from an October training at a boat ramp. They used handlines under the water and on top of the water to simulate current. This is an awesome and innovative way to get crews some realistc training.
What have you done to prepare for rescue and extrication in the water? It can happen anywhere.
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Andrew Brassard shared the video below the other day. There are lots of sound fences along highways. Maybe not so many folks that would do what this guy does in the video…
The Brothers in Raleigh on Rescue 1 did a quick white board talk. Here are some numbers they figured:
Weight of panel – 12"x2"x48" = 1152 divided by 144 = 8. 8×150 = 1200 lbs. (If concrete)
Can you…can your crew…can your departments’s firefighters turnout quickly, go through the lock on a commercial occupancy, pop a car door that’s partially submerged in water upside down, make a burning structure look like a ladder maze, put the throw bag on a victim getting flushed downstream, or disentangle an arm from a snow blower? The list goes on and regional differences such as snow or water come into play when training.
Have you ever noticed or heard about instances where training is of second hand importance to the budget, video games, recliners, and basket weaving (ok, the last one was over the top)? But, on the other hand, there are a lot of firefighters pushing the envelope in the training and operations arena by finding new ways to use technology to get a message out, building a realistic prop, or simply getting back to the basics by humping hose, throwing ladders, and beating on block and mortar in a not so routine way. Which arena are you in? Training is tough work and it takes some effort to keep the cranium innovative, however, the resources are endless in today’s fire service.
There is no way one training site, blog, company, or school can cover it all. Get on Facebook, Twitter, a blog, a website, or all of the above for a training idea to prevent A.I.R. (ass in recliner) syndrome.
Another symptom to the A.I.R. syndrome is firefighter fitness. Some state troopers have to maintain a certain fitness level, some private sector organizations require certain fitness levels, but the fire service is different… We can help one another by getting in better shape for the job we do by establishing greater expectations. How many firehouses have gyms? How many get used? Do you need a personal trainer? Do you need a cause? Here are a couple causes to get on board with if that’s what it takes:
Take care of yourself and each other.
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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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Back in September FF Brian Hackenburg completed the Ironman distance (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) triathlon in Sandusky, OH. Kicker was he wore some gear and an airpack for the run. We worked to spread the word about the National Firefighters Endowment Turnout Challenge with the ultimate goal of raising some funds for equipment that go to fire departments in need. More importantly, it has created motivation for some to get in better shape and it has fueled a competitiveness to run again and again.
Hackenburg has set a new goal of attempting (in December) to set the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon in gear. It is currently set at 2 hours and a few seconds. More to come on this one.
Be sure to check out the Turnout Challenge page if you are interested in supporting the cause or starting your own event.
The weekend after the Revolution3 Triathlon we headed to Ballville, OH for the Ballville Fire Departments annual fundraiser run. All the proceeds went to firefighter physicals and fire prevention. A few local firefighters joined us in gear.
A few weeks ago was a 5k run at Osborn Park in Huron, OH. The event was a fundraiser for children with apraxia of speech. Even the Cleveland Cavalier mascots Mood Dog and Sir CC were there cheering everyone on.
This past weekend we ran another 5k race fundraiser for the Perkins girls cross country team in Sandusky, OH. It had a bit of a Halloween theme and we dressed up as firefighters again.
We have also met up with some great folks from the Code 3 For A Cure Foundation. It is a national nonprofit with the main purpose being to assist active and retired firefighters diagnosed with cancer. More to come from these folks as well.
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This is another innovative training from Lt. Grant Light and his crew on Cincinnati Fire Department Rescue 9. It’s another cheap drill to put together in the house. Here is what he said about the drill:
We were working on the skills needed to work tools in uncomfortable and unnatural positions. We got an old refrigerator and set a piece of pipe against it with ratchet straps. The crew entered the pipe with nothing but a sawzall. They had to cut a way through and get out the other side.
We left the shelves and everything else inside. After the first firefighter cut through; the pipe was moved down on the refrigerator. Two passthroughs were completed on each side. We flipped the refrigerator 90 degrees for another two. All the cut pieces were thrown back inside to make it a little harder. The holes were covered with plywood to keep it dark inside.
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Grant Light from Cincinnati Heavy Rescue 9 sent these pics over in a rescue email group. Great shots of him and his crew doing some torch training.
Andrew Brassard added that typical torch training usually consists of guys standing around a bench vise and cutting metal….. that has its place also… but we also need to push our training to the next level. Operating a torch under a machine or inside a building collapse is a different game.
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Check this short video out and share with your up and coming extrication tool handlers. Breaking cutter tips is not a new occurrence, but knowing your tools and realizing that when it twists something is going to break…is important. The projectile can be the new hazard to your operation.
Even strong tools like the one in this video will fail if stressed enough.
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