See The Difference?

Pennsylvania house fire reminds us that we should always think of our area of refuge.

In 2003, a nozzle team was waiting for water during what appeared to be a routine house fire. As the delay grew, so did the fire. Unfortunately the nozzleman had advanced into the dwelling. While waiting for water he was enveloped in a flashover.

The First Line Determines The Result

Career Fire Fighter Dies and Two Career Fire Fighters Injured in a Flashover During a House Fire – Ohio

Line of Duty Death Enhanced Report, 1131 Laidlaw Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 2004

Video of this Pennsylvania house fire, courtesy of NewsWorking, shows the nozzle team being disciplined and not venturing further while the water problem is being worked out.

Where would your nozzle team have been?

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5 thoughts on “See The Difference?”

  1. Hey, fire went out. Water issue- will not even go there.

    How comes in the first 4 man hose team there is not a single hand tool? The 5th man to the door (a chief) is the first person to bring a tool (pretty bad when a white hat brings you your only tool). I bet if they brought a tool and punched a whole in the ceiling right inside the door they’d have seen the amount of fire in the attic that caused the ceiling to collapse (seen at 6:45).

    And did anyone notice (about 7:00) each time a line out back hits the fire in the attic the glow inside the front room. Way to push fire onto your interior crews buddy. This is why offensive and defensive operations are separate.

    Oh, nice hood pal. You’ll look sexy with no ears.

    Again, the fire did go out, looked like no one got hurt.

  2. 1. Such a hurry to get on scene, had a rookie handjack a 5″ supply line. Glad you had sufficient staffing to make that happen. Thank goodness the citizen told the crew where the hydrant was. I could hear someone yelling ‘Where’s the hydrant.’ and the nice citizen pointing and yelling ‘It’s up there.’
    2. What kind of attack line deployment was that? One guy carries the nozzle while the other guy carries the shoulder load, only to drop it and do a completely horrible job at flaking it out? There were so many kinks the nozzleman had enough time to breathe down his cylinder and replace it before he had sufficient pressure at the nozzle. This leads me to my next point…
    3. Why are you yard breathing? Save your air! If you plan on making an interior attack, which you did, to a point, then don’t waste your cylinders capacity on waiting. Unhook your regulator, do a 360, and when you’re ready to go, cone up and push in.
    4. The critic is right. Not having ears is the new look. Let me know when the insurance company views the tape and denies your claim when and where your fundraiser is. I’ll be sure to send you some Mr. Potato Head ears for asthetics.
    5. While waiting for water, looking for a nomex/PBI hood, flaking the line out, doing a 360, and any other task that I may have missed in the first few minutes, SHUT THE FRONT DOOR AND TAKE THE STORM DOOR OFF OF THE HINGES!!! This was not a stand up/sit down training drill. This was the real deal. Controlling the door is important, not oohing and aahing as you watch the pretty flames coming towards you. Protect yourself and your crew by shutting the front door, then go that extra step and use a tool that someone should have brought with them and remove that storm door.
    6. Opposing handlines… Really?
    7. I think I’ll stop at lucky number 7. I hope everyone went home in the same fashion they arrived; Not hurt. Things like this are an embarrassment to the fire service. Train like you fight so you fight like you train. If

  3. Hey boys,

    Not going to Monday morning quarterback, but hit that mug with a straight stream. They didn’t make much progress initially, not because there was a ton of fire, but because there was very little penetration. Come on guys…

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