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    Cool marking doors on search and rescue?

    does anyone have good ideas as to what to use to mark room doors after a room has been search...is there something made that is quick and easy for a quick marking on door entries....if so were do u get it....thanks


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    Default I have no clue if this will work but....

    They make incredibly large sharpies and permanent markers. They are really thick and might work. Speed would be a plus but visibility might be in question. You may be able to carry a roll of reflective tape. Hook it to your pants and rip off a good size piece and slap it on the door. I have no training on search and rescue, but these things just came to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickster View Post
    does anyone have good ideas as to what to use to mark room doors after a room has been search...is there something made that is quick and easy for a quick marking on door entries....if so were do u get it....thanks


    A lot of stuff on the market to do this. Go to a fire suppler or uniform type place they should have them. Do a search on google or the fire store or anyother ad in main page of the web site here.


    They have things like they use at motels that hang on the door knob cheap and works good.


    Another thing is to go by a tire store. See if they have some old inter tubes that they are thowing away. Get them, cut them around the bias and use them at markers too. Plenty use still there with the old tubes.

    Just some quick thoughts for you.

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    we use old inner tubes. cut them so they kinda look like a mask that you would put over your eyes with two holes in it. when you go into the room put this over both door handles and it holds the locking mechanism in so you don't have to worry about being locked in the room. when you get done with that room put the half that faces into the room on the otherside so the are both on the outside door handle.

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    I use a lumber marker/crayon which is available from any old hardware store. It is pretty much wax, but if a room is on fire you likely won't be searching that room for victims so the marking stays. I put an X on the door.......one line of the X as I enter, the completre the X as I exit and shut the door. The crayons are only a couple dollars and fit nicely in the bunker gear pocket. This method is pretty much straight out of the essentials training manual.

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    We've been talking about this at my Department lately. I've heard the methods described here before and have used to various degrees of sucsess and failure. What I'm looking for now is a way to get all of the local Departments together to decide upon one system.

    We are just doing so much mutual aide and border crossing that I want everyone on my scene to be using or familiar with the same system, not just the guys on my Department.

    I guess what I'm getting at is that you might want to look at what your neighboring Departments are doing and tryu to copy their system if they have one in place.

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    Default Chalk

    plain old white/yellow sidewalk chalk. Won't mark the door permanently. Is light enough to carry a few sticks in bunker gear. Easy to handle with structural gloves on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterbryVTfire View Post
    plain old white/yellow sidewalk chalk. Won't mark the door permanently. Is light enough to carry a few sticks in bunker gear. Easy to handle with structural gloves on.
    I like that one......I may change myself...and it won't melt in your pocket!

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    I used to carry sidewalk chalk in my pocket until it gets wet. Then it's a big gummy mess.

    I use the big lumber crayons now. Works good.
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    I have a few of those bright orange door tags. However they're usually the last thing on my mind when performing a search, and I forget all about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IowaFFandEMT View Post
    we use old inner tubes. cut them so they kinda look like a mask that you would put over your eyes with two holes in it. when you go into the room put this over both door handles and it holds the locking mechanism in so you don't have to worry about being locked in the room. when you get done with that room put the half that faces into the room on the otherside so the are both on the outside door handle.
    thats what we used in my fire academy.. worked pretty good..

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