FULL LIST OF Rescue Tips
Avoid being a 'would be' rescuer–
It's important to gather and act upon the facts and not emotion.
Webbing in the RIT kit–
The kit should have at least two separate lengths of webbing between 15 and 20 feet tied in a loop so that it is ready to go.
Use a girth hitch for rescues–
The girth hitch also can be used to lift the person up or down a set of stairs.
Choose high-visibility webbing–
When working in a limited-visibility environment, a high-visibility colors like yellow, lime green or orange work best.
Quick access to webbing–
The only way to know that your webbing location works is to try it. Trial and error will prove what works.
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.
Focus on the engine–
A good way to analyze any problem that may arise when trying to start the small engine is to use the FOCuS method.
Practice opening elevator doors–
This operation takes some practice to get to know exactly how the key works. Sometimes this is based upon feeling the key work behind the elevator door, a matter of measuring how far the key has to go in to work properly or just by sound.
Communicate with elevator victims–
When there is an elevator entrapment, the people inside will sometimes start to panic due to claustrophobia, illness, fear of being trapped, etc. No matter what the reason, trying to keep them calm is an important part of the entire operation.
Wedges in the elevator kit–
Wedges help keep the elevator door open so that direct access to the inside of the elevator can be maintained at all times. This alleviates the need for a firefighter to hold the door the entire time.
Survey the scene–
Electrical wires are a big clue that needs to be noticed as soon as possible. At any vehicle crash involving any type of utility pole, pay careful attention to downed wires.
Unbolt instead of cutting–
By unbolting, we can use the battery power to our advantage when needed by reattaching the cable to the terminal. This may be the case when we need to move the power seats back for patient removal.
Locate the bedroom windows–
Bedroom windows will be large enough for a person to escape with a diagonal measurement of about 4 feet. They can be easily located in a residential structure based on window size and location.
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