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Firefighter Safety: How to Create a Bail Out Kit & Use Fence Pieces for Training

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Are you a firefighter? Do you know what to do or what tools to use when you need to escape out of a burning building or need to defeat the structure of a fence, during a fire emergency? If your answer is no, here below we have a list of things you should have in a Bail Out Kit.

Firefighters are trained to combat challenges in case a fire breaks out. They carry Bail Out Kits that come with a source of useful things to have during a fire crisis.

Here is what should be in your Bail Out Kit in your jacket:

-HEPA Mask

-Disposable Waterproof camera. Use the camera for training and scrapbooks. You can use it as proofs of fire damage.

-Two pair of EMS gloves.

Here is what they have in their pants:

–         Two carabineers.

–         50ft of NFPA rated line, which takes up one pocket.

–         Two wooden wedges.

–         EMS shears.

–         Wire Cutters

–         DC Hinge Hook

–         Multipurpose hinge hook.

  1. Use the wooden wedges on your helmet. Do not use rubber wedges because they are expensive and they will melt. You can make yourself a lifetime supply of wooden wedges out of a 4ft long 2×4 from Home Depot or Lowes. Cut the wood wedges to a shape that can fit inside a sprinkler orifice. This will help the sprinklers activate during a fire crisis.
  2. Carry a utility knife. It just may come in handy to break you away from an object in a crisis.
  3. Use your extrication gloves to hold your safety glasses and a pair of EMS gloves.
  4. Most of all make sure your tools are organized enough for you to know the exact location of your tools. You do not want to have to dig to get them. Being organized can be the difference between life and death.

For more tips and tools read this article from

Also, read the below testimony from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services on why scrap fence pieces are great training materials for firefighters.

Hercules Fence

Mr. Evan Winston

8580 Mission Rd

Jessup, MD 20794

Mr. Evan Winston on September 8, 2011 the engine crew from fire station 6 showed up at your facility looking for some scrap fence pieces for training. We spoke with Mark and Ed they advised they could help us. Mark took us to your back lot and showed us many different options of materials and fences that we could have for training.

We sincerely appreciate your generous donation of fencing materials. These materials will be used for hands on training of how to defeat fences on emergency calls. This training will increase efficiency, hopefully prevent injury and decrease unnecessary damage.

Your great cooperation with the local fire department is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again

LT R. Smeltzer

Station 6 C shift

410 880 5803

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How To Straighten A Bent Chain-Link Fence

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

If you have a chain-link fence, you know just how durable they can be. But from time to time, for whatever reason, they can become damaged. And nothing looks quite as unsightly as a bent chain-link fence. To make things even worse, a bent section of fencing can completely compromise the integrity of the rest of the fence. But what can you do? You’re no handyman.

Well, there’s hope. Fixing a chain-link fence that has become bent is not a difficult task.

This article from explains how you can fix your bent and unsightly fence.

Once you have completed the steps below, your fence will once again be secure and aesthetically pleasing.

What to do:

1.   Pry loose the ends of the wire fence ties that hold the chain-link fabric to the bent top rail along the bent section of the fence with large pliers. Also remove the fence ties from any posts supporting the fence in that section.

2.   Unbolt both rail ends that hold the top rail on the terminal posts using the adjustable wrench and socket wrench. Pull the rail ends off the brackets they were attached to. Remove the rail ends from the bent top rail. Realign and make true the terminal and line posts, if necessary.

3.   Fit the rail ends onto each end of the new top rail. Insert the rail ends into the brackets on the terminal posts and bolt them into place.

4.   Pry the ends of two links on the left side of the chain-link fence just past the bent fence fabric. Repeat this step on the right side past the bent fabric. Remove the loose inner links in each location to release the damaged section of chain-link fabric from the rest of the fence.

5.   Cut a section of fence from a new role of fencing fabric. Align one edge of the fabric to the left edge of the existing fence. Reinsert the chain link you removed earlier to tie the existing fence fabric to the new section of fabric. Repeat this step on the other end to tie the right side of the new section to the fence.

6.   Bend the ends of the chain links back together to finish repairing the chain-link fabric.

7.   Attach the repaired fabric to the fence with wire fence ties, wrapping each tie around the top rail and posts and bending the ends of the ties around the wire in the fence fabric.

Hopefully this will help you fix that unsightly bent section of fence. But if you feel like your chain-link fence needs some professional help, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

Benefits of Chain Link Fencing

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Chain link fencing is the unsung hero of the fencing industry. Though it is not seen as elegant or luxurious, chain link provides both security and durability at a very reasonable price. This article from explains the ins and outs of chain link fencing.

Chain link fences are traditionally made from galvanized or coated steel wires that are woven together, forming a diamond pattern. This extremely durable fencing ranges in height from 3-feet to 12-feet, although custom heights can be achieved. Chain link comes is three main types, galvanized steel, privacy or “slat,” and PVC coated.

Galvanized, which is the least expensive form of chain link, consists of bare wire. Privacy chain link comes with plastic slats, which can be woven into the wire to give the fence a more solid look and feel. These slats come in an assortment of colors and can be added after manufacture. PVC chain link fencing is coated with vinyl that is thermally bonded and protects against rust. This type of chain link also comes in a variety of colors and is about three times more expensive than standard galvanized chain link.

In the end, the decision is up to you. But if you want a durable fence that will not break the bank, then chain link might be the answer for you.

Chain link continues to be the workhorse of the industry, providing a low-cost and easy to install form a fencing. If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!