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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