FULL LIST OF Fire Attack Tips
Charge a hand line–
By having the hand line out and ready to go, there will be a quick response should the need arise for fire suppression.
Wear PPE, SCBA on all car fires–
There are many videos out there showing firefighters fighting car fires without the proper PPE — do not be one of them.
Quick hydrant deployment–
Attach a small rope to the hydrant bag and the large-diameter hose.
Beware of exploding struts–
The explosion can turn the strut's extension piece into a missile or cause shrapnel to fly.
Heeling the ladder–
Always heel the ladder from either the front or the back — especially when the ladder is on a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt.
Notch the halligan–
During forcible entry operations it is hard to gauge how far the halligan bar has to travel in between the door and the jamb. A flashlight would work, but a visual indicator can be better.
Use striking tool safety zones–
When two tools are used to strike each other, there is a good chance that a person's hand may be caught in a pinch point or the striking zone. This can be prevented by marking out the safety zones on the striking tool.
Control the swings–
The firefighter operating the striking tool needs to have a controlled swing when striking. Wild swings will miss the halligan and hit the other firefighter.
Call forced-entry command–
When a strike is required, it needs to be called for by the firefighter holding the halligan bar. When no strikes are required, the halligan firefighter needs to yell "stop."
PPV fans: Selecting the right power–
When selecting a positive-pressure fan for the fire ground operation, look at where the operation will be taking place and what power supply is available.
Don't walk: securing the PPV fan in place–
When a positive-pressure fan is operating at a structure fire, it has the tendency to "walk" away. You can use wheel locks, chokes or feet to keep the fan from wandering.
Positive-pressure ventilation: making a perfect cone–
Have one entrance and one exit opening when using the positive-pressure fan to ensure that the structure is pressurized to force the smoke to travel from the high-pressure zone to the low-pressure zone.
Fire conditions dictate PPV fan use–
Before using the positive pressure fan, check the conditions to make sure it is safe to use. The fan can easily spread fire from one location to another and make conditions worse.
Create high-pressure zone to remove smoke, gases–
The opening can be a door or a window with the exit being of equal size or larger to accommodate the volumes of smoke and hot gases exiting the structure.
Positive-pressure fans: CO dangers–
When using a positive pressure fan, the possibility of filling the structure with carbon monoxide is very real. One way to alleviate this is to add a 3- to 4-foot metal extension to the exhaust pipe.
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