“We’re just trying to do the best we can.”Engine 42 Lieutenant Catches Boy and Provides Training Questions for Engine Companies

Rescues at Roxbury apartment reminds us of the need for training under antagonistic conditions and the value of teamwork.

The rescue of a six-year old boy dropped from the thrid floor during Boston's six-alarm fire is making the news, especially the quick thinking of Lieutenant Glenn McGillivray. The initial companies on the scene did an outstanding job in rescuing at least 15 occupants after a man had attempted suicide by explosion in a first floor apartment.

The Boston Herald has an interview with Lieutenant McGillivray of Engine Company 42.
Below is an excerpt and the video interview.

“As we approached Westminster Avenue, I saw heavy smoke on the street. We pulled up to the front of the building, and I observed heavy fire that was evident in the first-floor window on the corner, and approximately nine occupants of the building who were screaming to be rescued from various ledges and windows.-"

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For some departments, training has become so routine – or stagnant – that smoke house or burn building evolutions are so stale members could do them with their eyes closed. When arriving prepared, ready to "Expect Fire", even the best crews can become too focused on one part of a scene. The good work by Lieutenant McGillivray should also be partnered with the work of the rest of the engine company members. When faced with occupants in windows – and no truck on the scene – that first floor fire still needs to have a line stretched. (Note: Engine Co. 42 is also quartered with Rescue 2 and the District 9 chief)

If you are an Engine Company officer consider the following:

  • Is my crew capable of sizing up the scene, selecting and stretching the proper hoseline without my direct supervision?
  • Could my engine driver handle giving the initial or additional sizeup information if I am busy with immediate obvious rescues?
  • Can my crew stretch the initial hoseline and throw a ladder or is this asking too much?

If you are assigned to an Engine Company consider the following:

  • Should the entire crew be focused on the obvious rescue?
  • If assigned the Lineman (Nozzle) position, does my officer have to tell me what line to pull?
  • When was the last time we trained on running a line and throwing the ladders carried on our engine?

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  • Chris Husont says:

    I personally believe in the philosophy  performing what will make the biggest impact. If the fire can be knocked down with a quick attack then perform that first. If you cannot elimate the fire hazard then perform resuces via ladders first.
    It's all based on the proficeny of your crews just like mentioned above. If your crew needs to have a babysitter the entire time then thats how you have to operate. If you can multi-task then thats even better, but make sure everyone knows their roles to avoid duplicated and wasted time/efforts.
    "Put the fire out and everything gets better."

  • Richie Kirrstetter says:

    The Boston Fire Dept. is a well trained & well oiled machine.  The Lt. did a great job, when lives are at stake it is your first priority.  Like the FDNY Boston FD were all over that job.  Well done Brothers.  I recieved a Dept. Medal while on the FDNY OVM position for catching a woman that had to jump.  After the catch you proceed to the job at hand. 
    Tip"O" the Helmet Brothers

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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
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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.
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