Helmet Cam Perspective: Working Fire, Occupied Dwelling

Working fire with reports of occupants inside

Video from FDCam.com is of a working house fire with a report of occupants still inside. Details are below the video. It is brief and we'll discuss certain points in a later post, but for now take a look and place yourself and crew as the second-in company. Consider what your assignments would be and how they would be accomplished in a similar fire.

Update on the video below courtesy of STATter911, "The video was submitted to us from a guy assigned to Ladder-1 here in Jacksonville, Florida. He told us about it the other day at shift change, basically goes like this: Around 7pm the call goes out for House Fire with people inside possibly children. Engine & Ladder-1 are 1st in, there is heavy fire showing from the rear of the home & the 2 people you see by he fence tell the guys there are 2- people inside. The FF from Eng-1 is stretching through the front door when he hears the victim screaming, he leaves the hose & finds the victim in a front bedroom. The FF from Ladder-1 (Helmet Cam) is making his way into the house when he bumps into Eng-1 (& Victim). You can hear the brief exchange about there being one more…There was about 3 full min of blackness & (Helmet Cam) bumping into & doing his search. You cant hear it but command advises all occupants are out & Ladder-1 (helmet cam) proceeds to extinguish the fire. There were no children home at the time & the second person thought to be inside escaped before firefighters arrived."


"Firefighters responded to a burning home, enroute dispatch advised multiple people possibly inside. Upon arrival first due companies were met with heavy flames from the rear of the house. Bystanders told crews there were two victims still inside. Initial arriving companies began a stretch & rescue operation. With the victim alert & screaming from a front bedroom firefighters located & removed the victim in zero visibility & fast moving flames. As crews continued searching for the second victim command was advised all occupants were accounted for & crews focused their attention on bringing the fire under control. The fire was contained quickly & 1 person was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover."


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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