Fire reportedly blocked the normal basement exit.
This July house fire video from Idaho Falls captures moments when firefighters are met with an occupant trying to escape from the basement via a small window. It should not be easy to critique this incident since we don’t know all of the details and local reporting was sparse, but do use the video to consider your own initial actions when faced with an obvious rescue.
Notice first how calm the scene appears. No panicky shouting and running back and forth wearing a path in the yard. Notice also the tool selection brought to where the occupant is; three different types of saws. Notice also that it appears the other primary tasks are being addressed as well by additional companies (hoselines stretched and in operation).
Ask if your shift, company and department would become distracted, fixated, by this type of scenario? How would your communication on the scene flow? What options would you exhaust in order to remove the occupant if normal methods failed?
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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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