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    Question Training Dummies

    In the January 2003 issue of Firehouse there was an article on making a training dummy out of old firehose. I was just wanting to hear from anyone that has made one yet. I made one over the weekend and used it for some rescue training last night. We dropped off a bridge down into a creekbed appox 35 feet below. It held up better then I thought and everyone enjoyed the training.

    Just wondering if anyone has had good or bad experiences on this.

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    The article was written by Jim Blanchard, an instructor at the Mass Fire Academy and now acting Chief of the Saugus Fire Department.

    The Academy's "dummies" literally go through hell during burn days, andd they still hold up well!
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    We've been making them for a couple of years now. I like the flex of the hose, works like a floppy human form. AND, Hi Ryan, WB, long time no see.
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    Wow, our probationary firefighters would fight us tooth and nail if we tried to throw them off a bridge!

    Seriously, we have made them for a few years too. They work quite well, but have since upgraded to an actual training dummy (manequin {sp?}).

    The lazy part of me wishes we had the hose dummies back, they were a little lighter and a little easier to drag around corners. This new one weighs 180 pounds and is a tad more realistic when dragging someone out of a house!

    But the hose dummies served us well for quite a few years.
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    does anyone have the instructions for that...I did a search but couldnt find any thing ....

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    disregard the last ...I found it

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    I know this has been discussed here before, but anyway...

    I made one a few years ago, and it's still holding up well. The directions I saw had the hose held together with 2x4's and bolts, but I skipped all that and just strapped it all together with duct tape. If I make another one I will probably try to make it a little heavier, though.

    We have a "Rescue Randy" where I work and I'm not real fond of it. Although the weight is realistic, it's too rigid and I just don't find it "handles" like a real body. Plus every joint is a potential pinch point.

    One tip...outfit your dummy with some old turnout gear or at least coveralls. This will keep it together better and protect it somewhat from abrasion. We named ours Jose (get it?) and once we even took him to school for Fire Prevention Week.

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    We did just about the same thing dmleblanc did including the old turnout gear. Also weighted the pockets down with bags of steel shot to beef him up a bit. Although they do move nicer they can be a little light. Durable as hell though.

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    Originally posted by firewally1966
    does anyone have the instructions for that...I did a search but couldnt find any thing ....
    OK, I'm lazy...I did a quick search from Yahoo and didn't find it...got the link?

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