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Aluminum Break-Apart Stretcher
Dimensions: 66 ¼" L x 17 ½" W x 2 ∕" H
Folded Length: 49 ½"
Folded Depth: 3 ½"
Adjustable to: 80"
Load Capacity: 400 lbs.
Shipping Weight: 21 ½ lbs.
Designed to gently maneuver stretcher under patient without
rolling or lifting.
The center of the Junkin Aluminum Break-Apart Stretcher can be
opened to allow the patient to be X-rayed while secured on the
stretcher. Features sturdy, light weight aluminum construction with
an adjustable length and three patient restraint straps. Folds for
easy storing and separates in half during application and removal.
team, the firefighter trying to open the hood—and
now we’re surrounded and breathing in all those
same toxic gases (and some added ones) that are
found in structural fires. The difference is in those
structure fires we wear our SCBA face pieces and
are on air.
The air management “Seattle Guys” (Mike
Gagliano, Casey Phillips, Phillip Jose, and Steve
Bernocco) have it right: Let’s simply teach our
firefighters to never breathe air you can see,
regardless if its steam, black smoke, gray smoke, or
yellow mist! Use your SCBA, even at routine car
fires. Oh, and wait, that same summer day where
we didn’t don our full PPE? That same day the
driver of that car on fire is returning home with
two full propane tanks; citronella oil for his Tiki
torches; gasoline for his lawn mower; paint; and
all that fertilizer, weed killer, and cans of bug spray
he needs for his family barbecue? You get the idea:
BIG THINGS SOMETIMES COME
IN SMALL PACKAGES
Now on to those pesky trash can fires. Someone
disposes of one of those “self-extinguishing” cigarettes in the wire metal basket that our municipalities supply to us on the corners for our litter. And
voila! The darn papers and recyclables that the
other obedient good-doers placed in there burst
into flames. Another good-deed-doer sees
the flames and, before the fire gets too big,
dials 911, dutifully giving the exact location and geographical positioning coordinates off the phone to the dispatcher and
then merrily walking on.
Then here we come, sirens wailing (or,
maybe not so much, perhaps just a whoop-whoop on the siren and an occasional
blamp, blamp on the air horn), and there
it is that pesky little flaming or smoldering
receptacle. Some of us jump off with little
to no gear on and drag the pesky refuse
container over to a hydrant or discharge
valve on the engine.
As the firefighters douse the flames in
the trash can fire, there’s a high-pitched
but somewhat deafening pop as the water
is applied to the basket. Was it an aerosol
can? An empty glass bottle? A piece of scrap
magnesium? Does it matter? If a firefighter
now has a piece of whatever shrapnel it is
buried in his arm, leg, or eye, does it matter?
Don’t we provide gear to protect from such
injury? How are you going to write that one
up? How is that firefighter going to explain
to his family or significant other that the
profession he loves so dearly was cut short
because it was just too hot outside, it was
the umpteenth run of the day, and it was only a trash
can fire? Better yet, as the company officer in charge
of supervising said firefighter, how are you going to
LET’S NOT, BUT SAY WE DID
How about we avoid this mess altogether. As
company officers, let’s commit to fighting our own
complacency and not allow it from the firefighters we
have sworn to protect either. Sometimes we may have
to protect them from themselves.
Remember, your firefighters don’t need more
friends. What they need is an officer who’s going to
look after their best interests and safety—even if that
means making them wear their PPE at “small-hands”
fires. And, don’t forget those seat belts!
Stephen Marsar, EFO, MA, is a 26-year veteran and battalion
chief in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). He is also
a former chief and commissioner of the Bellmore (NY) Fire
Department. He teaches extensively at the FDNY and Nassau
County (NY) Fire and EMS academies, and he’s an adjunct
professor at the Nassau County Community College. Marsar has
a master’s degree in homeland defense and security from the
U.S. Naval Postgraduate School as well as a bachelor’s degree
in fire science and emergency services administration from
SUNY Empire State College. Marsar graduated with honors from
the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and
is a National Roll of Honor inductee.