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  • #16
    Originally posted by slackjawedyokel View Post

    I was told Memphis had a lot of cisterns "back in the day"
    That was the case in many towns. Pop a manhole cover and you had water. San Francisco had a lot - don't know if they are still in service.

    We got rid of our "water walls" a while back. Turned out they weren't all that effective. A fast shutter speed photo would show that there was more open area than not, so they really didn't block that much radiant heat. If we still carried them, I'd tip them so they were actually spraying the side of the exposure.

    "Antifreeze" sometimes showed up on scene, but I don't know of any actually carried on the apparatus.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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    • #17
      Window sash weights (2 or 3) securely attached to about 30' of heavy duty chain for knocking loose plugs in chimneys. It required a little pre planning as you don't want to drop 30' of weights and chain down a 20' chimney. You also had to secure the tail end so you didn't lose the whole thing down the chimney. We also had "bombs" made out of small plastic bags filled with dry chemical. The idea was that the heat melted the bag and released the chemical.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Rayr49 View Post
        We also had "bombs" made out of small plastic bags filled with dry chemical. The idea was that the heat melted the bag and released the chemical.
        We still carry some.

        Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

        Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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        • #19
          I noted a department in a neighboring state had a rubber pork chop dog toy hanging in the cab of the first out engine. The Captain told me that they used it as a distraction to help isolate unfriendly dogs.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Rayr49 View Post
            I noted a department in a neighboring state had a rubber pork chop dog toy hanging in the cab of the first out engine. The Captain told me that they used it as a distraction to help isolate unfriendly dogs.
            that's a first ---- might also be used to distract some white hats so some work can get done
            ?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by slackjawedyokel View Post

              that's a first ---- might also be used to distract some white hats so some work can get done
              Speaking from the point of view of a white hat (retired), no pork chop would have distracted me. A rare ribeye steak, baked potato and some premium scotch however is a different story

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Rayr49 View Post
                How many still carry "water curtains" for exposure protection? Most of the departments in central PA where I started my career in the mid 1960s had a "secret compartment" on the engine that contained a bottle of high proof human antifreeze for those cold weather ops.. It's exact location was supposedly known to the Chief and a few senior officers.
                I've never seen anything that showed "water curtains" to be effective at all. An 1 1/2" line and combo nozzle is generally the most effective thing to protect an exposure that I've seen.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
                  In TN we carried sunday papers under the engineer seat. Frozen hydrant caps and such.
                  What would you use newspapers for?? Never had a frozen hydrant cap in Ohio. Had some that were frozen solid in the barrel, but not the cap... We made sure there was a little grease on the threads, never had one stuck on a hydrant.

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