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    CAN ANY ONE JOG MY MEMORY FOR SOME REASON I CANT REMEMBER HOW TO TIE A HAND CUFF KNOT!!!!!I USE TO BE ABLE BUT HAVE NOT DONE IT IN A WHILE ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT THANKS. STAY SAFE OUT THERE.

  • #2
    The handcuff knot is a clove hitch with the loops that would normally go around an object pulled through each other.
    Shawn M. Cecula
    Firefighter
    IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS

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    • #3
      Here's a good illustration:

      Handcuff Knot
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      • #4
        Still a rookie..

        Just graduated the fire academy and have used the clove hitch many many times but they never showed us the Handcuff knot....what is its function?
        Andrew
        Firefighter/EMT
        New Jersey

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        • #5
          The handcuff knot is basically used as a rescue knot. Not comfortable but it'll work in a pinch. There are other uses but I won't go there

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          • #6
            Re: Still a rookie..

            Originally posted by Engine58
            Just graduated the fire academy and have used the clove hitch many many times but they never showed us the Handcuff knot....what is its function?
            It has many uses but the most common is in RIT (or FAST) operations. It's tied around the down firefighter's arms or legs and used to hoist or pull him/her out of holes in the floor, up a staircase, etc.

            Go to www.rapidintervention.com and search their forums for the Columbus or Nance drill for more info.
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            • #7
              thanks..now it makes more sense...
              Andrew
              Firefighter/EMT
              New Jersey

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FireLt1951
                There are other uses but I won't go there
                Awwwwwwwwwww, c'mon. You can say it here.

                aka the B!tch H!tch

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                • #9
                  Re: Hand Cuff Knot

                  Originally posted by koziol41
                  CAN ANY ONE JOG MY MEMORY FOR SOME REASON I CANT REMEMBER HOW TO TIE A HAND CUFF KNOT!!!!!I USE TO BE ABLE BUT HAVE NOT DONE IT IN A WHILE ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT THANKS. STAY SAFE OUT THERE.
                  ie; my girlfriend lost the key and we have to have a backup plan.
                  PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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                  • #10
                    YEAH!!

                    Bitch hitch!!!! That is f'in funny! WAY better than California Love Knot!!

                    Ropes and knots. They're not just for rescue...

                    Keep up your skills, hitch up a bitch tonight!!!
                    ...if you put the handline in the right spot, you won't have to jump out the window...
                    -Andy "Nozzles", SQ18, 9-11-01

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                    • #11
                      We call it the TEXAS love knot. I have never heard it called the
                      B!tch H!tch, though I absolutely love that. Just for all you aspiring bondage maniacs, it works alot better to use 3/4 inch webbing for that purpose. It doesn't chafe as much

                      Matt
                      "At one point we decided to fight fire with fire, basically your house just burned faster."

                      Recipient of the IACOJ Service Award 2003.

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                      • #12
                        It can also be used for patient restraint.

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                        • #13
                          FDNY calls this the California Love Knot. We are taught this in probie school. We drill on this knot very often. It is important to know this knot because it could save the life of a firefighter or civilian.
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                          • #14
                            In sailer terms its known as the "bedpost hitch".
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