In this episode, Mike answers a few listener questions while Bob’s on assignment learning about flammable liquids.
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Complete Show Notes
5:15 What is a Backup Team and What are Their Duties?
- Mike’s department uses their backup team as a RIT (rapid intervention team)
- He’d prefer they were two separate teams, though – RIT team needs to be ready to perform an extrication, and the backup team is there to conclude the operation
- In some operations, stopping can make things worse – backup team should be ready to take over mitigation team while RIT pulls victim out
- Backup team usually wears the same thing the entry thing is wearing, while RIT should be wearing something like the Lion MT94™
- RIT is extricating someone who’s down, but they don’t need to be in bunker gear because they won’t be in the situation that long
- MT94™ offers significant abrasion protection and is extremely flexible, which is a must for RIT performing rescues
16:00 Do Strong Readings on 4 Gas Meters Mean Strong Reactions on CO Meters?
- CO meter usually won’t provide a chemical reaction with an O2 reading
- Your best bet is to ask the manufacturer if a high O2 reading will affect your CO meter
- Every manufacturer is a little bit different, which means cross-sensitivities also vary
18:30 How Can We Help Hazmat Teams Choose the Proper PPE?
- Bob and Mike created a flow chart to help them make decisions, but they can be too rigid sometimes
- In many cases, your situation won’t fall perfectly into that set of circumstances
- The key is to work backwards to figure out whether a level of protection is too high – try to back-test it and argue against yourself
- If you can’t find a reason why you shouldn’t be in that level of PPE, you’ve made the right decision
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23:45 How Can We Simulate Hits on Meters for Training Purposes?
- Check out the cross-sensitivity list provided by your manufacturer
- Almost every meter out there has some type of cross-sensitivity to it
- Most of them pick up on common, everyday substances like mouthwash, brake fluid, floor wax, helium, etc.
- You can use these safe substances to simulate hazardous environments for training purposes
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