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A hand powered portable hydraulic ram, specially designed for insertion between a door and its frame for rapid forcible entry.
Fire that has transferred ignition heat to adjacent materials across open space. One reason some city fire codes prohibit windows facing each other in adjacent warehouses.
Crew of specialist hot-shot firefighters who are trained to access a fire area by sliding down ropes suspended from a hovering helicopter. Also used for delivering wilderness first aid if a rapeller is an EMT.
Rapid entry team
Rapid intervention team
A company of firefighters waiting to be relieve another company.
(1) Repeat burning of an area over which a fire has previously passed, but left fuel that later ignites when burning conditions are more favorable; (2) An area that has re-burned.
Location and removal of deceased victims. Also, the time needed for a firefighter to spend in rehab before being considered ready to continue working the incident.
Credentials issued to qualified wildland firefighters, listing their qualifications and specialties.
Weather conditions creating a critical fire hazard, may require closing the forest to non-emergency activities in order to minimize the risk of accidental wildland fires.
Plumbing adapter for connecting hoses of two different diameters; may also be double male or double female connections of different sizes.
A person assigned to observe and monitor an extinguished fire, to ensure that it does not reflash or re-kindle.
A situation in which a fire, thought to be extinguished, resumes burning.
Rehab, Rehabilitation sector
An area for physical and mental recuperation at a fire scene, usually equipped with beverages, and chairs, isolated from environmental extremes (cold, heat, noise, smoke). This rest area enables firefighters to relax, cool off (or warm up) and regain hydration by way of preventing injury. An EMT may be assigned to monitor firefighter vitals when they enter and leave rehab. See
A valve set to open at a specified pressure so as to not exceed safe operating pressure in hoses or pumps.
Physical removal of a live person or animal from danger to a place of comfort.
Squad of firefighters trained and equipped to enter adverse conditions and rescue victims of an incident. Often delegated to a truck company.
A single piece of fire apparatus that can operate as either a rescue or an engine. This apparatus normally is outfitted with heavy rescue equipment, hoselines, pump, water tank, etc.
Residential sprinkler system
A sprinkler system arranged for fire suppression in a dwelling.
The amount of pressure in a hydrant system when a hydrant is fully open, such as during a fire; should be engineered to provide domestic supply of water to homes and businesses during a large fire in the district.
The process of stringing hose from a fire toward a source of water, i.e., a fire hydrant.
A radio, incorporating a selective calling capability, has an attention-getting device triggered by a dispatching center. A triggered device emits a sound alerting staff at a fire station, in an ambulance, on a vehicular radio or at a vehicular data terminal that an emergency call is pending. The act of ringing down a station may ring bells, activate a klaxon, turn off gas-fired cooking appliances, activate a volunteer alerting siren, turn on lights, and activate loudspeakers over which the call details are announced. Some systems use the voice path of a private line telephone circuit or a voice channel on a microwave radio instead of a two-way radio. Ringing down a vehicle may cause the radio or data terminal itself to beep continually until an acknowledge" button is pressed.
An Automatic ringdown circuit consists of two phones at different locations. When either phone goes off-hook, the one at the other end instantly rings.
A single-section ladder with hooks on one end. The hooks are put over the ridge or peak of a roof to hold the ladder in place. Compare with aerial ladder and ground ladder.
Rope hose tool
Short strap or rope with a hooks at both ends for wrapping around a charged hose to secure it in position or to assist in moving it.
Run card system
A system of pre-planning for fire protection in which information about specific detectors, hazards, or other emergency response plans is indexed by location, for rapid reference during an alarm.