The author set off to make a tool that would allow for a safe and easy rescue of a down firefighter while maintaining the integrity of the face piece. The outcome of that effort is the JackStrap.
Don’t overcomplicate your in-house training program; make it fun yet challenging. You can cover some basic principles with minimal time and effort.
Technical rescue teams use a variety of equipment to support collapsed structures or trenches and move heavy debris to gain access to confined void spaces.
Throw bags, float bags, rescue tethers, reaching devices, floating devices, and small watercraft are some of the equipment available to fire departments and rescue teams for water rescue incidents that run the gamut from flooding scenarios to swift water rescues to calls involving water sources of all kinds.
ASAP is a self-trailing mobile fall arrest device that is designed to be used on the static, kernmantle ropes we use in the fire service. It is suitable for two-person loads (550 pounds) and is used in conjunction with a shock absorber to minimize impact forces should a dynamic event occur.
There are professional and financial obstacles for firefighters on this island that most of us could never begin to imagine. The dedication shown to expand their knowledge base and hone their craft in spite of these obstacles and challenges reminds me of why I continue to love this “sharing of knowledge.”
this all-hazards approach has presented many challenges, some of which many fire departments cannot address because of a lack of resources, whether it be staffing, training, or equipment.
I believe that classroom education is extremely valuable, but firefighters experiencing real-life situations using a TI is training that could one day save a life. The best training combines both classroom and real-life learning.
It’s important to note that the TI doesn’t really care how warm or cold an object is, simply how much warmer or colder it is than the object next to it, which brings us back to the question: What is it you are looking at?
I recently had an opportunity to participate in a large, live-fire training weekend and engaged with many firefighters about thermal imaging (TI). To my surprise, they had a lack of knowledge about their own fire departments’ TI equipment.