SYCAMORE FIRE DEPARTMENT: Great training on a necessary survival skill!
Sycamore Fire Department issued the following announcement on Feb. 9.
At least annually, Fire Department personnel practice their skills with the Department issued "bail out bag". The bailout bag is personal escape rope system is designed for firefighters to escape an upper story of a structure in the event that they become trapped by fire.
This is a low frequency, high risk skill. It’s very important that this skill is practiced as safely as possible. That is why we have the firefighters hooked up to a secondary rope system.
The training was facilitated by Sycamore Technical Rescue Team members Lt. Adam Honiotes, Lt. Shaun Penn, Firefighter/Paramedic Bill Reynolds, and Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Hardesty.
Firefighters practiced a simulated bail out in the mezzanine at Fire Station #2 where we have a low anchor point anchor for the firefighter to tie into and a high anchor point to provide for a safety line when they are performing the necessary skill.
The bailout bag is carried by all firefighters on all structure fires that are more than 1 story tall and is easily deployed if needed. The bailout bag contains 40' of 8mm static kernmantle rescue rope, 2 single person rated carabiners, a F4 decent device, and a 25' length of 1" tubular webbing, and a 10' length of 1" tubular webbing. The bailout bag is attached to a rated belt integrated in the structural turn out
Great training on a necessary survival skill!
Original source can be found here.
Source: Sycamore Fire Department