Virginia Working: Portsmouth Bailout

Firefighters working on the primary searched were forced out windows.





Portsmouth, Virginia firefighters responded to a working fire in the city’s Craddock neighborhood last night. Local reports give indication that companies had an advanced or advancing fire upon arrival. As firefighters searched for a resident still inside they were forced to bailout first floor windows.

“Fire spokesperson Capt. Paul Hoyle told WAVY.com several firefighters made entry into the home, but because of the intense flames they had to jump out of two first floor windows before getting to the man. Hoyle said the man and his wife are in their 50s and their son is in his 20s.”

Heavy fire in the rear and an enclosed porch area likely advanced quickly…

“A man died in an overnight blaze after a flashover forced firefighters who were trying to rescue him to jump out of the windows of his Nicholson Street home. The man was on the bathroom floor and firefighters had reached him when the room they were in erupted in flames, said Capt. Paul Hoyle, Fire Department spokesman.”

“Father dies in Portsmouth house fire”, WAVY
“1 dead, 2 injured in house fire in Portsmouth”, Virginian-Pilot
Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services





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Ron Ayotte
“FEAR” by Ric Jorge
Ric, excellent article. Your FD is not the only one that suffers from TAS (Training Anxiety Syndrome). Same circus, different community. As far as seeking help from an EAP, I did take advantage of my community's EAP 8 years into my career. I was heading down the road to a separation/divorce after I got promoted…
2014-12-04 16:04:47
Mike McAdams
Who Looks After The Victims?
Captain LeBlanc, Great point in the blog debating the new and old techniques and how to blend them into that first minutes on the fire ground. One of the first points stated was “Unless they know your manpower, resources and abilities, and are standing in that front lawn at 2:00 a.m., all they can do…
2014-12-02 14:45:23
Ruel Douvillier
Who Looks After The Victims?
I suspect these new tactics are all related to the NFPA standard that came out a few years ago recommending higher manpower on apparatus than the authorities having jurisdiction were prepared to implement. For the 30+ years that I've been fighting fires, UL and NIST have been using the data that they gained by setting…
2014-12-02 11:48:44
Joseph carroll
Who Looks After The Victims?
I work in a dept with 2 man Engine cos, man powers is an issue with our first due assignment. (3 engs,2 Trks , Batt Chief). Usually 13 Firefighters on the assignment. At times the exterior attack has no option, heavy fire too include exposures etc. some new leaders feel that this exterior attack is…
2014-12-01 19:05:51
Brian
Who Looks After The Victims?
Am I missing the old SSLEEVES-OCD pneumonic??? seems that one. It addressed alot of the things we have to think of, and the new Slicers is something that I think in right circumstances and construction would make sense, but at other times might be completely useless. I have watched and read alot of the NIST…
2014-12-01 02:10:06
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