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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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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