Take a look at this house fire video and then let’s discuss a few points. These guys appear to have done a pretty nice job especially considering that it looked like the first due engine only had three firefighters. The first 50 seconds is just a response video, skip to that point and start there. While you watch, consider the following points:
o Officer gets a view of sides A, B, and D while arriving
o There is one window of fire on side D and there appears to be fire coming from a window in the same room on side C (you can see the fire above the roof line on arrival)
o Time of day. Cars are in the driveway, are people home?
• Engine Considerations
o Water supply: Would you go in on tank water or wait for the hydrant connection to be made?
o The first line is stretched quickly and it appeared each member had an assigned role.
o The line was charged OUTSIDE of the house.
o The engine leaves the front of the building open for the ladder company.
o A back-up line was stretched and charged.
• Ladder Considerations
o Portable ladder positioned in the front of the building. Ladder position is good with the tip even with the sill.
o It appeared another ladder was taken to the side or rear.
o It appears the primary search may have been done before the engine arrives. Upon arrival you can see what looks like a Fire Dept vehicle parked on the left.
At the 7:33 and 7:43 minute mark members throw some items from the windows. This is not ideal but sometimes is necessary. Be sure when throwing things out of the building to make sure no one is below or on the ladder under that window.
Please feel free to jump in with questions, comments, and suggestions as we discuss this fire. As is standard with all of Brotherhood Instructors LLC’s blog posts, WE WILL NOT POST UNSIGNED COMMENTS. You are entitled to your opinion and to disagree with us and the firefighters in the video as long as you do so in a constructive manner to promote learning.