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    What would really be interesting would be a Poll for those who do have a vehicle with a winch. I'd ask the question, "How often do you train with it?" The answer for the majority of FDs, I believe, would either be 'Never Have' or 'Saw it used once but can't remember when that was'.

    I think we'd all be shocked at the small percentage of firefighters within our department who could safely and efficiently operate that tool at an emergency incident.

    Do your own poll. Are you a Never or Can't Remember When department?
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    I'll be the first to admit I know very very little about winching operations. I would definitely like to get a class for our people.

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    I'm afraid that we fit into the never category
    Where can we find some good info for training?
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    There are resources for training regarding winches, rigging, snatch blocks, etc. If you're seriously interested, please send me a direct email resqman@asheboro.com.

    Please send any questions/comments you may have.
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    I have a winch on my personal vehicle and we're vollie so there's a good chance I may respond in that. I always carry at least 1 snatch block. As far as dept. vehicles go we don't have a winch on any of those.

    I'm new on the dept. so I need to check with the chief to see if it's cool to use it or not though.

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    Ok.. the new rig has arrived. It has receivers on all four sides for the 5000 pound winch. Looks like we will need some snatch blockes. I know one of our Captains has sent an e-mail to BigRig to see what kind of information he can give us so that we can start training on the thing.
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    Ok Metal Medic, send me a direct email at resqman@asheboro.com and include any specififc questions you may have.

    In order to select snatch blocks, one should know:

    size of wire rope
    WLL of the wire rope

    Actually snatch blocks can serve a valuable purpose, if selected and used correctly.
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