Behavior: 3 Firefighters and 8 Kicks Later…

Why carry tools, or even buy them, if you are not going to use them?

It is an honest question that can't be shrugged off with the "you weren't there" anonymous response, or the "quit being such a sally" one as well. It has to do with education. Tennessee firefighters stretch and advance a hoseline at a private dwelling fire. Met with a closed door, it takes eight kicks from three different firefighters to force open a rear door.

In a time when we appreciate as much hands on training as possible, and encourage each other to work smarter not harder, why not break a pane of glass and reach inside?

What does it say about our individual and company behaviors?

Is what you are learning, what you spend money on to be "hands on", sinking in?

See another post and comments of an earlier mule kicking.

 

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  • I think that given the "live" nature of the helmet cam that we could also say that this department got a pretty good handle on a decent fire.  I also feel that some things could have gone a little smoother/faster.  
    Mainly, I think that the PPV fan made sure everyone had some fire to play with!  The mule kick is self-explanatory (or is it?).  While I'm not particularly picking on this video, parts of it have sparked a tangent inside my brain that wants to rear it's ugly head…
    I am a true proponent that "professional" firefighter describes a behavior and attitude not a paycheck.  A professional firefighter brings three things to every fire; their brain, their tools and their "A" game.  
    That being said, every CERTIFIED firefighter in America should have gotten the same fundamental fire training that I got.  The mulekick and feeding air to fires was not part of it.
    After continuously seeing videos like this there are some things that worry me;
    1. The lack of fundamental firefighting tactics.
    2. The lack of understanding that there is a lack of fundamental firefighting tactics.
    3. The willingness of people to post videos demonstrating the lack of firefighting tactics.
    My other growing concern/question… is the problem rooted in the fundamental firefighting training or lack thereof?
    Any questions, concerns, rebuttals, hate mail can be forwarded to the link below.  Thanks

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Jeff chandler
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Very good explanation! I have been known to have the same rant.
2015-01-17 03:58:59
Anthony Correia
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Dave i agree with your whole post. However the one thing I'm not experiencing or seeing is the over safetyifcation. While i hear words spoke about being safe when possible, but not sacrificing service for safety. If anything, i see firefighters more aggressive than when i started many years back due to the increased protection…
2015-01-14 14:37:28
Jon Newton
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Well done. You make some awesome points. In regards to the "numbers".....(and kind of backing up your thought of changing tactics), we have often wondered why there is so much emphasis on RIT and the RIT/Industrial complex. I'm on Chicago and have worked in the Chicago Suburbs for almost 20 years. We've seen the advent…
2015-01-14 04:15:23
Marshall Sampietro
44.7 Percent
spot on....
2015-01-02 14:43:50
Ron Ayotte
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“Over safetyification”... Dave, that is the best description of what those who want to prevent us from doing the job want to do to the job.
2014-12-31 16:29:29
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