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Safety Tips of the Week Keep lines and booster reels cracked when not in use. It's cold out there. When pulling cielings, keep your back to your escape route. Don't vent a car fire until a line is ready. Be careful around non-upright acetylene tanks. Have tank and facepiece ready in an elevator. Don't leave home without a door wedge. Stay close to wall climbing wood stairs. Channel 1 will usually work to CP when channel 2 doesn't. Don't give up your mask to a victim! If your TRAPPED-- "MAYDAY"give floor#,and loc.(A,B,C,D). Turn on PASS, Activate emerg. button on radio.Helmet out window if feasible.Close all nearby doors.Stay low,conserve air supply. If your LOST,activate PASS, follow a hose line, follow a wall,activate emerg. button," MAYDAY " A hook, Halligan bar or an axe diagonally across a window or jammed through lathe can be used to anchor a bailout rope. When opening a roof with saw running make sure radio is being monitored by someone. When doing a "shitty roof", do a "hinge cut" and get the hell off it !! When venting from a fire escape,vent the most distant window first and look for bodies on floor under window Have your radio emergency button identified to your company. Know wind direction before riding into a large haz-mat. Check hydrants for debris in barrel before hookup. Check yards and alleys for bodies before taking up. "Two in Two out" Stay together! Let the company below know your going to floor above. Take a rope bag and lifeline to roof When ordered to evacuate--wait for co. on floor above to come down.. If your trapped in an elevator, activate emerg. stop button,force inner door and lift outer door latch. In a Hi-Rise fire, count doors to stairwells on floor below before going to fire floor----- If you run out of air, take refuge in nearest apartment. When using outside lines stay clear of collapse zone. For setback bldgs.,Stretch 2and1/2 with wye to stairwell Mayonaise will remove hot tar from skin. Use a spotter when backing(kids and dogs make a mess) At MVA's disconnect battery to deenergize air bags Hatchback and hood pistons can exlpode in fire--be careful Pop top hinge of a door to prevent it closing on line before it's charged. Use a CO2 ext to control dogs or a rope loop taped to a pike pole. Remove wainscoting or plaster around scuttles and sky lights to vent cocklofts Anthrax scares--wear your mask-- wait for Haz-Mat if possible--soap and water decon Top floor fire-take out windows from roof with hook or halligan on rope,open bulkhead door Roof men--Check rear and sides for jumpers and hangers Above fire-- Force safe apt. door for refuge before going in apt. over fire Pull bathroom cielings from outside door. Remove air from line before advancing Ice Rescues--Lash inner tubes or spare tires to a ladder. Polyethylene rope will float for water rescues. Remove pressure reducers on standpipe outlets before using. PROPANE--Only half of the vapor cloud is visible, be careful. CYANIDE--Tanks DO NOT have pressure reliefs Wave a portolight side to side to stop a train A CO2 ext will shut down a Bus engine. HUD windows--bring large bolt cutters inside Two hands, two tools A 14' or baby ladder can be used to pull victim out a cellar window Diesel locomtives can carry 3000 gals of diesel Do not walk through a foam blanket Truck fires--hold up on signal until cargo identified Oil burners--attack fire box fire from the side, "white vapor" can ignite suddenly Vehicle fires-- use 1 3/4 in case foam is needed Always open trunk on car fire Use butt end of hook for quick look for fire in cielings Peaked roofs--drive in point of halligan tool as a foothold One man (or woman) can drag two ladders to building if necessary If you fall in water with turnout gear-- stay horizontal Your mask will work under water RV's and minivans may have plastic gas tanks "Save the stairs, Save the building" Cellar fires--cool gas meters before they rupture If you can't complete an assignment-- let the chief know! Rekindles are NOT an option Railroads use white tankers with red stripe for cyanide Remove toilets and baseboards to drain floors. Use a chair, a door, bunker coat w 6ft. hooks to remove injured. Fast Teams-monitor rear and sides of bldg. Marble stairtreads can fall thru metal frame. If out of air, place mouth near nozzle. A large vapor leak, cover tank with salvage cover to control. NEVER run on the fireground Use Vise Grips to hold locks when cutting w K12 If door can't be forced, breach wall to enter. LPG and Ammonia RR cars are interchangeable LPG not odorized until transported. Transfotmers or drums labeled "INTEREEN" or "PYRANOL" are PCB's Bunker gear cannot be deconned of PCB's Throw a rope coil,wood block or spare tire on downed wires in emergency to stabilize it. 3 men max on fire escape landing. A broken fire escape step = others may break Gas leaks most dangerous after knockdown but before overhaul. Alays use SCBA in cellars of fire buildings --CO present NEVER remove mattress on an elevator. Bathroom floors --collapse possible Enter windows backward from a fire escape in case of quick retreat needed. Fast Truck-- one man stay on turntable of closest aerial Terrazzo floors can collapse suddenly Before starting a search, locate a second escape exit Tavern fires--look for trap door to cellar behind bar Store fires--vent cellar by opening the void below display windows Hi Rise fires--Trucks bring H2O ext.,search line,maul, halligan, flat head,rabbit,life line,lock breaker,extra air tank. one 6' hook,door wedges.(nobody said it was easy) To anchor a roof ladder--make holes with pick or halligan tool Extend aerial thru top third of window to vent Look UP when climbing ladders Bedroom search from window---hook window sill and hold butt end while searching Place turntable at corner of bldg. if possible ( covers two sides) Peaked roofs 30 degrees or more, you must use a roof ladder. Do not go in a room more than 5 feet when flashover is possible. When smoke and heat force you to crouch or crawl, flashover is possible, be careful. When you see flashes of flame mixed with smoke near the cieling, "rollover" possible. Wear full PPE when approaching a 20 lb. propane tank fire. the relief valve may go suddenly. use fog stream Do not cut ORANGE cable on hybrid vehicles Park uphill from all vehicle fires Taxpayer stores--cellar stairs usually near back door CO alarms--10 PPM or higher must be corrected Attach your PASS ALARM where you can activate it MVA's check vicinity with TIC for ejections Do not cut :GYPSUM" roofs Avoid water on LNG leaks Have dry chem and charged line ready at extrications Underground electric grates can become energized Lightweight truss--Floor and or roof collapse probable after 10 minutes of fire "PAOs" Take your job seriously Hi Rise Fires--Staging should be away from collapse zone (remember 9/11) To open car hoods, smash grill and turn cable with halligan fork clockwise. Never give up your tool "Don't shit where you eat"


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