Ladder Trucks, Firefighter Rescue and Extrication
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Ladder Trucks, Firefighter Rescue and Extrication

Two of the many tasks a firefighter performs are rescue and extrication. Rescuing a person can sometimes can be an easy or very hard task. Rescuing a person can be anything from opening a locked door with an infant inside a hot vehicle to putting out a vehicle on fire with someone trapped inside and the person trapped has to be extricated and removed from the burning vehicle.

A firefighter that works for Mobile fire rescue department has many duties every time he or she reports for duty for their 24 hour work shift. Rescue and extrication is two of the many duties a firefighter performs including cleaning the inside of the fire station such as sweeping, moping, buffing and waxing floors, dusting, vacuuming, washing dishes, and cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms.

Fire station clean up duties are just the basic duties a firefighter performs every shift. A firefighters duty also consists of maintaining the outside of the station such as the yard work to include cutting the grass, raking leaves, weed eating, trimming bushes, edging and cleaning sidewalks and driveways.

A firefighter’s duty is also to assist the fire truck driver in keeping the truck clean and to know where equipment is located on the truck so when a call comes in the firefighter will know what compartment to open when making a medical or fire call.

Firefighters have many duties and rescue and extrication is when firefighters must be able to multitask at any given time while on duty during their 24 hour shift at the fire station. All the duties of a firefighter are important tasks that need to be performed on a shift to shift basis but the most important tasks are when a firefighter is called out to save lives and property.

Two of the many tasks a firefighter performs are rescue and extrication. Rescuing a person can sometimes can be an easy or very hard task. Rescuing a person can be anything from opening a locked door with an infant inside a hot vehicle to putting out a vehicle on fire with someone trapped inside and the person trapped has to be extricated and removed from the burning vehicle.

When a fire crew is dispatched to a rescue and extrication call the 911 operator will tell the responding units of what the caller has told the 911 operator. As soon as the 911 operator has dispatched the call the captain a crew automatically start thinking of what actions to take when they reach the destination of the call.

Whatever the nature of the call may be will determine the actions of the captain and crew. The first action on all calls made is the safety of the crew while responding to the scene, while on the scene, and when returning to the fire station. Safety of the crew is the first factor in rescue, extrication, firefighting or just basic duties preformed at the fire station.

When a fire crew is dispatched to a rescue and extrication wreck on an interstate, neighborhood, or local highway the first thing a good driver will do is position the fire truck to block oncoming traffic and deploy warning cones to protect the firefighters and the victims involved in the wreck. After assessing the wreck scene the fire captain and crew can determine what rescue or extrication actions are needed to help the victims involved.

The same kind of safety is involved when a fire crew is dispatched to a house, building, or industrial fire. When fire units are dispatched to a house, building, or industrial fire the fire crews have many tasks to perform. Tasks firefighters perform are extinguishing the fire, conducting search for victims, victim removal, body removal, climbing ladders, and many other fire related tasks.

Rescue and extrication of a person from a structure, fire, vehicle, or any emergency scene can be involving helping them walk to a place of safety or by lifting, dragging, and carrying them to a place of safety. Extraction and rescue of a person from a structure, fire, vehicle or other types of emergency scenes can involve cutting, prying, spreading, or using jacks, ladders, wood cribbing, airbags, chains, winches, rope, rescue tripods, chainsaws, shoring and many other types of equipment.

Rescue and extrication is at its best and personally rewarding especially when a firefighter is able to save an individual’s life.

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