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    Default Interview/Questionnaire for a High-Ranking/Experienced Firefighter

    Hi,

    I am doing a research project on lift bags and the ergonomics and design behind them. The intent is to create a new and improved controller design for a major lift bag company. If you (preferebly an experienced individual working with Lift bags) could fill out this brief questionnaire it would be greatly appreciated! (If preferred, you do not have to disclose your name.. any information provided will be helpful).

    Any other input is welcomed as well.



    Thank you.



    High-Ranking Firefighter/Veteran Questionnaire<!--StartFragment-->



    1. Name and rank?



    2. Years of experience?



    3. Have you ever used a Liftbag unit and more specifically, handled the controller?



    4. Who typically controls the liftbag system? Is it a piece of equipment that all firefighters are trained in?



    5. Which lift system do you have? (Controller Brand?)



    6. What was the situation in which it was used?



    7. Was it day or night when the lift system was used?



    8. What was the environment? (Weather conditions, terrain)



    9. What do you like about the interface and controller?



    10. What do you dislike?



    11. Do you find the gauges easy to read?



    12. Is the strap comfortable enough when in use?



    13. Do you find the controller unit to be durable?



    14. What are some changes that you would like to see incorporated in the controller unit?
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    Are you talking low pressure/high life, or high pressure/low lift bags?

    We use the low pressure bags more often than the high pressure bags. Use low pressure bags for all sorts of things; rollover vehicle stablization, backfill for trench rescue (really handy on a L- or T- shape trench with a corner collapse), and of course heavy lifting.

    The control man is a position usually staffed by a Technical Rescue Team member, if enough are avalible. Once the bags are inflated, that person does not leave the controls.

    Only a few suggestions on the controller. A back lit or glow-in-the-dark gauge might be nice. And don't make the gauge's back panel out of a paper material, it tends to bend or warp over time and can "stick" the needle on the bent paper.

    Oh, our air bags (low and high pressure) are Paratech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiremanLyman View Post
    Are you talking low pressure/high life, or high pressure/low lift bags?

    We use the low pressure bags more often than the high pressure bags. Use low pressure bags for all sorts of things; rollover vehicle stablization, backfill for trench rescue (really handy on a L- or T- shape trench with a corner collapse), and of course heavy lifting.

    The control man is a position usually staffed by a Technical Rescue Team member, if enough are avalible. Once the bags are inflated, that person does not leave the controls.

    Only a few suggestions on the controller. A back lit or glow-in-the-dark gauge might be nice. And don't make the gauge's back panel out of a paper material, it tends to bend or warp over time and can "stick" the needle on the bent paper.

    Oh, our air bags (low and high pressure) are Paratech.
    Thank you! Helpful info.

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    1. Name and rank?
    David Dinelli
    Lieutenant

    2. Years of experience?
    23

    3. Have you ever used a Liftbag unit and more specifically, handled the controller?
    Yes

    4. Who typically controls the liftbag system? Is it a piece of equipment that all firefighters are trained in?
    All firefighters are trained in the use of the airbags

    5. Which lift system do you have? (Controller Brand?)
    ResQtec NT series bags

    6. What was the situation in which it was used?
    Person pinned under vehicle, person pinned under machinery


    7. Was it day or night when the lift system was used?
    Both


    8. What was the environment? (Weather conditions, terrain)

    Bright sun to rain

    9. What do you like about the interface and controller?
    Simple to use,, no problems, like that controllers can be ganged together


    10. What do you dislike?

    hard to fine tune air into the bag

    11. Do you find the gages easy to read?

    Yes

    12. Is the strap comfortable enough when in use?

    N/A

    13. Do you find the controller unit to be durable?

    Yes

    14. What are some changes that you would like to see incorporated in the controller unit?
    optional joystick type controller for delicate adjustments

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