Fireground Tricks of the Trade.....
Ok.....what are your tricks of the trade.....FIREGROUND only......I could care less about EMS...which includes MVAs, unless its something REALLY GOOOD.....I want to hear about fireground tricks....
Here's two of mine....
1) The 2.5" line.....advancing......w/ 4 members....1 Nozzleman....1 Back up, 1 doorman, 1 control man......stretch 4 lengths minimum for a fire in a taxpayer......make a LOOP in the line, inline w/ the nozzle team....making sure that the lead length is on top of the "pile".......2 MEN will be able to advance this line into a compartment w/o a problem. The weight of the line is inline w/ the advance......the 2 FIREMEN will be able to advance an operating line a good distance.......the same 2 MEN will be able to advance the line by themselves.......
2) The 2.5" again.....the scenerio is that you HAVE to make a very quick push to help effect rescue of trapped members.......anyone who has actually operated a 2.5" in real fire knows how much of a BIT*H it is.....(especially basements, cellars, and subcellars :D :( ).....anyway..back on track,,,,,,
What we do is....operate the line...crack it down, stand up to a crouch, grab the bail, and PUSH IN by RUNNING A few feet....get back into the crouch, operate, and repeat the advance......until you make the objective. If you get burned...(and you probably will.....but you got the water), no matter, it means you did what was neccessary to make sure your brothers go home ot kiss thier sweethearts that night.......this is a TRYED and TRUE tactic.....and basically...its the JOB.... :D :D :D
PS....I love this Sh*t.... :D
Need to overhaul a trailer?
Uh I mean manufactured house. Use the hook on a drywall hook to rip the siding then tear it back with said hook. If there is paneling on the inside push it in with the blunt bit of an axe. Don't try to cut it with the blade, it will take forever. Just "jab" it with the head of the axe where the paneling is nailed to the wall.
For those that don't know, this is a drywall hook:
No I don't sell them this was just the 1st picture I found.
Who needs a stinkin "lil" ladder??
If you need in the attic and either can't or don't want to wait on the truck guy with the attic ladder and there is no interior pull down stairs or they are damaged, pull the ceiling in the hall. Proceed to the end of the hall. Kick about half of your steel toed boot (toe first) through the sheet rock. Use the narrow space in the hall to stabilize yourself left to right with your arms and step up. Kick through the sheetrock again with the other foot up a little higher from the first, and keep repeating until you are at the ceiling joists and can lift yourself through.
With a little practice, you can do it with 3 steps in about 5-10 seconds. No one will be able to beat you to the attic!