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The King Ceiling Prop is a firefighting training simulator designed to teach and practice the skills of ceiling pull and overhaul by utilizing the real world feel and effort to pull conventional drywall ceilings.

Up until now, the only way to train in non emergency situations for overhaul and ceiling pull has been in condemned or donated vacant buildings which are becoming hard to acquire and make safe for training per NFPA 1403.
The King Ceiling Prop allows you and your dept. or training facility to pull ceiling and simulate real world movements, skills, and techniques in a safe, convenient, affordable, and easily reset scenario.

Thanks to its ease of movement and quick set up design The King Ceiling Prop can be placed anywhere you would like to train. Inside the firehouse apparatus floor, Training grounds, inside burn buildings, etc. The design also allows for quick reset and realistic resistance when punching through with a pike pole.

The material / consumable used is 1/2 drywall or any sheet good of your choice. Many local home improvement stores donate slightly damaged product which is perfect for this prop and makes for a low cost training solution. One 4ft x 8ft sheet fills all six bays of the prop and additional material can be stored on the props side storage racks allowing for very quick reset periods to aid in continuous training.

The King Ceiling Prop is designed to hold up to the stress and forces of firefighter training and is easily moved when not in use. The added design features allow you to place real life ceiling obstructions such as electrical conduit, or romex wiring. Quality hands on training is a valuable necessity for many fire departments and training centers. The King Ceiling Prop is an effective way to continue to train and maintain the skills that we do not get to practice often.

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  • Over Haul
  • Roof Work Peak or Flat
  • Re-Bar and Chain cutting
  • Garage Door Cutting
  • Sprinkler Training
  • Wall Breaching

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"The ceiling prop created by Firefighter Chris King has been very beneficial to the Chicago Fire Department candidates. Each candidate was given the opportunity to actually pull ceiling in a controlled environment allowing for instruction and repeated repetition as needed. The prop has held up extremely well for a class of 150 candidates".

William Vogt / Chicago Fire Dept. / Deputy District Chief / Director of Training Quinn Fire Academy

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Saw maintenance

4 Steps To Simple Saw Maintenance

Posted On 15 Sep 2014
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Maintaining our equipment so it performs safely and effectively as well as reliably is one our most important jobs. There is simply no excuse for taking a saw off the rig when needed and discovering that you cannot get it started or that the blade needed to be replaced from previous use and was not.

Some of the work included in properly maintaining your saw may require you to use the services of your department or district mechanic or repair shop but the simple steps below can be taken care of by a firefighter in house.

#1 – Fuel Mix

A two-cycle motor requires a fuel and two-cycle oil mix. If you run straight gas in a two-cycle motor prepare yourself for an impending disaster.

That being said, we must also keep in mind that the fuel/oil mix must be in the correct ratio for the particular manufacturer of saw that we are using. Some common ratios are 32:1, 40:1 and 50:1. The gas can you use to store your mix in should also be clearly labeled as to what is inside. Or, label it with the name of the particular saw that it is to be used for. It is also helpful to label the saw itself somewhere with what mixture is appropriate for that particular saw.

When fueling your saw, give the can a good shake before pouring gas into the saw. Over time, oil and gasoline can separate. Giving it a good shake prior to refueling will ensure a proper mixture makes it into the tank.

Gas does go bad after a period of time and has the potential to make the saw not start or run poorly. There are several commercially available fuel stabilizers that do a good job extending the life of the fuel. Many two-cycle oils come with the stabilizer added already as well.

Fuel should also not sit in your saw for a particularly long time. Use it!

#2 – Cleaning

Our equipment should be kept clean and the saw is no exception. What your equipment looks like is a direct reflection on you, your company and your department. Clean any debris off the saw that has the potential for getting stuck in the blade. Roofing material is a particular concern and should be cleaned off immediately after use, before the saw is put back into service.

#3 – Blades

The blade is the business end of the saw. If you are using it for wood, make sure the carbide tips are in good condition and none are missing. If you are cutting metal or concrete make sure your blade is the correct diameter (i.e, not worn down to nothing). Your department should have guidelines to determine when it is necessary to change out the blade.

#4 – Start The Saw Regularly

At the beginning of every shift for a career department or on a weekly basis (preferably more often) for a volunteer department, the saw should be started and brought up to operating temperature.

Start the saw, rev it up and let it come back down to idle. It may take thirty seconds or so before the saw will operate and full throttle for a period of time. Run the saw wide open for a minute or so, let it come back down to idle and do it again.

Do not let the saw idle for extended periods of time. This can cause excess oil to build up in the combustion chamber and has the potential to foul the plug, causing a saw that will be difficult to start and has the potential to operate poorly. If for some reason the saw does idle for a period of time, before shutting it down, operate it at full throttle to “blow it out” and then shut if off.

Whether your power saw is used for ventilation, forcible entry or other type of task, a saw that is well taken care of (just like any other tool on our apparatus) will take care of you. If you have any maintenance or use tips please feel free to leave them in the comment section.

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