Seaside Working:California Helmet Cam View of Store Fire

Response and arrival at this small taxpayer job.

The is a three part video from Seaside California. The Seaside Fire Department operates with staffing of three to four on engine and truck company apparatus. Personnel operate three engines, a quint, a wildland engine and a medium-duty rescue. The videos show response and initial fireground actions. Additonal companies from Monterey Fire are on the scene as well. Despite what is depcited in the video, take from it what your department can use as a training subject. Toss it around and ask "what if this was our fire? what would we be doing?"

Response. What initially looks like someone may have taken a wrong running route is made clearer once Engine 6211 arrives on the scene.

On the scene. A two-story taxpayer; apartments or offices over stores. Smoke showing from the doorway.Two lines stretched, one operating. What does Side Charlie look like? (You'll see later on.)

Progress. PPV started – are you coordinating your attack and ventilation by communication? Notice the fuel load.

As mentioned in our California Helmet Camera post, this view along with good editing can be a excellent tool for your training. The key is to avoid trying to correct the departments depicted and place your department, your shift, your crew in the situation shown.



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 network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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