Video of a New York house fire reminds us how quickly black turns to orange.
The video below should remind you that today’s fire compartment and behavior are changing. In the past, simply venting for venting sake was scientifically unchallenged by many. Today we have to stop and consider if our actions will cause an adverse reaction in the fire’s behavior.
The fire scene shown is reported to be from Newark, New York. In it we see what appears to be a minute’s worth of initial operations. Pay attention to the indications of rapidly changing pyrolysis as well as the firefighter ascending the ladder. Given the placement of the ladder, I’m not certain if the actions intended are to effect VES or ventilation only; however, no fireground is perfect so take what can apply to your department and go from there.
Ask your members:
1. Given the location of the entrance how much maneuverability will the line need? (It looks like a 180-degree turn to get to the seat of the fire, maybe.)
2. Unless an obvious rescue is present where would you place your ladder for VES?
3. If the first floor windows were already vented, as shown, would you keep the backup line on the outside to prevent fire from burning members on the ladder or would you have it follow the initial line?