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Fireground Tricks of the Trade.....

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  • mcfd45
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    tricks and ?s

    when overhauling the top floor in a house and asked to poke your head in the attic/cockloft if you see cobwebs or spider webs don't bother up there anymore they vaporise very quickly at a very low temp.
    trying to get of the roof in a pinch carry 40' of webbing with a caribiner and a halligan up with you. take the biiner and put it in the spkie end and then slam it into the roof. wrap the webbing down the handle and off the roof you go.
    quick question. im a mechanic and i know we are alway tod not to use Cheater bars (pieces of pipe you slip on the handle of a wrench, ratchet, breaker bar) because the tool cant handle the extra load on it. if yo put 2 halligans together isn't that the same type of thing? i have no doubt that it works but is it the safe thing to be telling people about?

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  • PFDTruck18
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    The best position to place the hose to keep it from sliding back is in the hands of a good back up man. He should be taking most of the brunt while the tip man directs the stream. If youre fighting for control of the tip youre not directing the stream like you should.

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  • rmhinkle
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    Clarification

    Hey, yeah I just meant when you open the bale what's the best position to stay in to keep the hose from wanting to slide down the stairway. I know you're kinda fighting gravity here, and it's just one of those tough spots. I was just seeing if anyone had some tricks. No big deal if no one has an answer.

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  • cdemarse
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    Originally posted by VinnieB
    A GOOD BACK UP MAN. He is to take the weight of the line....and make life for the Nozzleman easy.
    And a smooth bore definitely helps too

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  • VinnieB
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    Originally posted by rmhinkle
    Hey, anyone know a good trick for keeping a handline from making you slide down the stairs when trying to hold a good position? I imagine someone will say stay at the bottom. duh I mean when that's not a great option, like in a stairway that turns.

    Could you clarify this. Do you mean....stretch up to the 5th floor, for a fire...or....charging the line...then advancing up to the 5th floor....or maybe.....stay at the floor below...and lob water in?

    Basically the "trick" to maintaining the hose line, position and fluid momentum...is....

    A GOOD BACK UP MAN. He is to take the weight of the line....and make life for the Nozzleman easy.

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  • rmhinkle
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    nozzleman in a stairway?

    Hey, anyone know a good trick for keeping a handline from making you slide down the stairs when trying to hold a good position? I imagine someone will say stay at the bottom. duh I mean when that's not a great option, like in a stairway that turns.

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  • missingpattaya
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    Originally posted by Captain5505
    Sawsall or window saw both will produce fine dust. Use what you use everyday " Shaving Cream " run a bead of this around the window before cutting, this traps all the dust on the side that the rescuer is on. Try it before ya knock it.

    At my former job we used shaving cream when cutting or drilling into asbestos floor tiles. It would catch a lot of the bad stuff. I have never tried it on a window, but it would be great.

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  • Firefighter2160
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    Originally posted by Skwerl530
    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:
    http://www.emc4rescue.com/catalogs/e...d/it010028.htm

    No I don't sell them this was just the 1st picture I found.

    We just got a couple of these tools...MAN are they nice...can make some quick work of overhaul

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  • PFDTruck18
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    Not quite sure what your getting at. But, you should be at full throttle prior to intoducing the saw to the material being cut. Allow the saw to do the work, forcing it might "bog" the saw down, thus slowing your cut and maybe freezing the chain requiring you to back off re-throttle and then cut again.

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  • FrFtr28
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    When making the bottom cut on an enlarged opening, what is the best way to make the initial cut to keep the chainsaw from "jumping" to the side? Do you rev up the rpm's on the saw and force the saw in? Do you hold the saw at an angle?

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  • nyckftbl
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    ::::Bump::::

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  • CAPPYY
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    captjab- We have pigtails on all our preconnects including 2 1/2. You are correct sir, they come in real handy. By the way, we bought ours.

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  • PattyV
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    Cut up a few lengths of PVC pipe about 30cm (1') and cut out a strip about 25mm(1") thick down the side of it. cut a couple of holes in it for easier gripping. and use it to cover up all the sharp edges when you are cutting a car up. Dont know if you yanks do that as standard, so if you do, my apologies.

    Also have some precut chocks for stabilising cars. I have seen some really neat storage systems for them on trucks, but i dont know if i can describe them using words alone.

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  • captjab
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    This is for the pump operators,

    Ever get that emergency call when you have hose on the ground (training or such) and have to disconnect the pre-connect in a quick fashion. Instead of leaving 50’ connected to the truck or climbing up on the rig to disconnect it at the discharge, make yourself a 10’ pigtail for each pre-connect. Saves a lot of time, just disconnect the pigtail from the attack line and you’re off.

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  • firefiftyfive
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    tight door jam

    I hope this one was'nt posted already, I did'nt see it!

    If you have to force a door by yourself (outward opening door). If the jamb is real tight you can take your door chock and drive it into the jam. This should (not always) spread the door enough for you to get a purchace with your haligan.

    PS GREAT THREAD LADIES and GENTS. reading some cool stuff.

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