Alameda County RespondsMore About What You Think You Know

More information on the popular helmet cam video.

If you will recall we previously shared with you a very good helmet camera video from Alameda County, California that captured the initial actions of the first arriving crews. With good audio and visual clarity the video highlights not just the initial actions and rescues but many details that a department could spend months training over.

Today we recieved a correction to our article, about the staffing, and additional information on what transpired. The lesson from this is, imagine how far we can go in our discussion and education if, instead of bashing, we respectfully ask what happened? I believe more departments out there on the net would be willing to discuss operations if they know the dialogue would be professional.

Consider that the next time you think you have all the answers.

"Good job on the story line.  The only part I want to correct you on is the staffing issue.  The rescue has 4.  The 4th person got detailed to getting the police to unblock the road, our next due crews were blocked out.  VES…..  Rescue has 4 members, the outside guys started their VES while the officer was expecting his 4th member to merry up with him so they could go in the front.  Didnt happen in a timely manner.  Although the first search crew inside was the VES crew, the front door appeared to be comprimised by fire, but on a second look it was a more appropriate option.  Hose…..we run low pressue smoothbores, flaking hose is mucle memory.  I would guess the scene distractors impacted us a bit.  Engine pump also did not engage correctly, not a big delay, but it is another broken link.  Pulling an attack line like this is so routine, but it got messed up when we really need it now! Sometimes it all falls apart on you   Stay Safe."

John Walsh  Alameda County Fire Department  Battalion 2

Thank you John. We appreciate it.

Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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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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