# Firefighter III Module C Ropes.

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Firefighter III Module C Ropes

Identify the appropriate size, strength, type and length of rope to accomplish a fire fighting or rescue task requiring the use of rope: (4-10.1) A       Requirements for rope: a)      Life safety rope: i)        Size: (1)   One person- circumference between 1-1/8 and 1-1/2 inches. (2)   Two persons- circumference between 1-1/2 and 2-1/4 inches. ii)       Breaking strength: (1)   One person lbs. (2)   Two persons lbs. iii)     Maximum work load: (1)   Divide breaking strength by a factor of not less than 15. iv)     Person classification: (1)   Divide maximum working load by a factor of not less than 300.

Question: Is manila rope a good type of rope for water rescue?
Identify the appropriate size, strength, type and length of rope to accomplish a fire fighting or rescue task requiring the use of rope: (4-10.1) Question: Is manila rope a good type of rope for water rescue? Know Basics on ropes for water rescue and regular rescues. Question: Cotton Rope: Cotton’s tensile strength is slightly less than that of sisal and considerably less than that of manila. Water Rescue: Polypropylene!

Identify the appropriate size, strength, type and length of rope to accomplish a fire fighting or rescue task requiring the use of rope: (4-10.1) Question: Static kernmantle rope is most commonly used as rescue rope. T/F Question: Life safety rope is used to support rescuers and/or victims. Because these situations demand a high degree of safety. NFPA 1983!

(2) Hoisting a smoke ejector.
Identify the appropriate size, strength, type and length of rope to accomplish a fire fighting or rescue task requiring the use of rope: (4-10.1) A       Uses of knots: a)      Bowline: i)        Use- to form a loop that will not constrict using a natural fiber rope. ii)       Examples: (1)   Hoisting a rope. (2)   Hoisting a smoke ejector. (3) Cannot be used in life safety situations.

(1) Hoisting an axe (along with half hitches).
Identify the appropriate size, strength, type and length of rope to accomplish a fire fighting or rescue task requiring the use of rope: (4-10.1) a)      Clove Hitch: i)        Use- to attach a rope to an object and will stand a pull from either direction. ii)       Examples: (1)   Hoisting an axe (along with half hitches). (2)   Hoisting a pike pole (along with half hitches). (3)   Hoisting a section of hose (along with half hitches).

i) Use- to stabilize tall objects that are being hoisted.
Identify the appropriate size, strength, type and length of rope to accomplish a fire fighting or rescue task requiring the use of rope: (4-10.1) a)      Half hitches: i)   Use- to stabilize tall objects that are being hoisted. ii) Examples: (1)   Hoisting an axe (along a with clove hitch). (2)   Hoisting a pike pole (along a with clove hitch). (3)   Hoisting a section of hose (along with a clove hitch).

a) Double figure of eight:
Identify the appropriate size, strength, type and length of rope to accomplish a fire fighting or rescue task requiring the use of rope: (4-10.1) a)      Double figure of eight: i)        Use- connecting two ropes of equal diameter together. ii)       Example: to rope off an area.

b)      Figure of eight on a bight:
i)  Use- same as the bowline for synthetic rope and also as an anchoring attachment or harness tie- in. ii) Figure 8s are tighter and stronger than the bowline. iii) They are also not as apt to damage the synthetic rope as the bowline will. iv)  Examples: (1)   Hoisting a ladder. (2)   Hoisting a smoke ejector.

a) Becket or sheet bend:
Identify the appropriate size, strength, type and length of rope to accomplish a fire fighting or rescue task requiring the use of rope: (4-10.1) a)      Becket or sheet bend: i)        Use- to attach two ropes of unequal diameter or a rope and chain together. ii)       Examples: (1)   Tag line. (2)   Attachment of a rope to a chain. b)      Overhand safety: i)        Use- to add a measure of safety to any knot. ii)       Examples- used with every knot already mentioned.

Overhand Safety Knot As an added measure of safety, use an overhand safety knot whenever tying any type of knot.

Question: Use a clove hitch around the head of the axe and at least on half hitch around the handle

A half hitch should be tied through the bale of a charged hoseline, so that it will hold the bale in the closed position as the hoseline is hoisted