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    Smile Ice Melt on Fire Ground

    Does anyone carry ice melt on their trucks for the pump operators at a real fire. We have issues with the ground around the truck becoming a sheet of ice, and becomes a true danger zone for our operators. Just wondering if anyone does this, or ideas to solve this problem (besides spreading speedy dry).

    I also just wanted to inform members looking under Fire Tactics to check out the site that helps only with Tactics, FirefightingTactics.com. It is made to help discus issues only on Fire ground Tactics. Just wanted to throw that out there.

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    we carry a coffee can of salt on the rigs. last week we used it at the front door where 3 lines were operating in 4 degree temps. it does work well.

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    5 gallon bucket of salt on every truck. We're not afraid to use it either, lot of stupid little injuries that happen from slipping on ice that could easily be prevented.

    We're pretty attentive to ice control, if one of the operators get a chance, they'll often salt the entrances that we are using into the house, the sidewalk, driveway, etc.

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    Every apparatus has a 5 gallon foam container filled with rock salt. The handle and little pour cap make for easy spreading. At incidents where more is needed, the township shows up with enough salt to melt a glacier.

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    Some of our apparatus have 5 gallon buckets and some have liquid laundry detergent containers. Those work preety well for spreading it, but they just don't hold as much.
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    We just use a bleach jug, angle-cut to save the handle. Makes it easier to carry around and it's smaller to store.

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    Every rig except the chiefs cars carries a 5 gallon pail of rocksalt. No problem getting it. All houses have large plastic garbage cans for the salt and the city delivers it pretty quickly with just a call.

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    Depending on what the city gives us or what we can "obtain". Its either bagged or most commonly in a 5 gallon bucket.
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    It is one of the few items we can get on demand as the city is afraid of lawsuits from people slipping IFO house.

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    Ice isn't quite as much of a problem for us as it is for folks "Up North" but we have our days....... Some stations use "Kitty Litter" (Clay Granules) for absorbent material for fuel spills, and I've seen that put down on ice. We can, and do, request a Sand/Salt Truck from the highway department if we feel that it's needed.
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    Not anything we have ever had to worry about.
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    I think it's a great idea- I work in colder climates too and blew out my ankle, and darn near a knee a few years back coming out to recharge.

    That's definitely one of those silly little hazards that'll bite you in the arse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    Not anything we have ever had to worry about.
    Shall we assume that you use the same stuff that they use in Key West and Miami??.........
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    Every load has a five gallon bucket of salt (and usually two or three) in the winter. In the summer (July 2nd thru 17th...) they get replaced by extra buckets of absorball.

    Every house has a 30 gallon can of salt that is (supposedly) kept full by the city. DES trucks will come out and salt a scene if we call for them.
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    Default Antiskid - crushed limestone

    Keep the salt away from the jacks on your aerial device. It has a tendency to melt the ice under the pads and then, with the modern equipment, cause the safety switches to activate. We use crushed limestone under the pads when setting up on sloped locations (everywhere around here) and save the salt & sand mix for the engines and hose line entry points. If you are going to use this, be sure to dry the antiskid material before placing in plastic bags to keep out the moisture. Wet material packs tight in the bag and can freeze solid in the cold. Our heavy rescue has two bins connected to 2" rubber hoses that drop the material down under the rear of the rescue body when needed. One side carries sand and the other has oil dry.

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    Every company has a couple of 50 lb bags of rock salt. Work good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Shall we assume that you use the same stuff that they use in Key West and Miami??.........
    This burg wigs out when the weatherguessers even mention the word snow.When I was growing up it was just sand laid down on the streets but now,I am told salt and hypochlorites are being added to the mis to speed melting and prevent ice buildup.
    No wonder the 20 y/o truck I bought in Kentucky and brought down is rusting out.

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