Firefighting, Truck Company

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Issue 12 and Volume 172.

Firefighters raising ladders
ON FIRE ❘ by MICHAEL N. CIAMPO A firefighter enters the window off a portable ladder into a heavily charged bedroom on the second floor for a confirmed life entrapment. The ladder is an extension ladder that he has placed just below the windowsill. Entering the window, the firefighter locates the victim on the bed he transitioned onto after he “swept and sounded” the area with a tool. He transmits over the radio that he has located the victim and must remove him through the window. The victim is average size, and the firefighter scoops him up and lifts him out the window. Entering-Exiting-Descending Firefighters should always “sweep and sound” the floor prior to entering a room. You don’t want to bang the floor immediately after venting the window because a victim may be in close proximity to the window. Entering the window is your choice; if you enter with…

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