Raw video shows a quick change in a decision to vent
Updated to add videos from WSOCTV
Make of it what you will; raw video below is of a fire in a daycare in Charlotte, North Carolina. WBTV has the details and additional footage from the scene.
I'm not saying that we can judge them based soley on what we see in this video. It is plausible that conditions beforehand surely led to the decision to vent the roof and at the location where it appears they were beginning to cut. I am saying that no fireground is perfect and that I too have not been a perfect firefighter or fire officer. Instead, consider what we do see and how it relates, if you believe it might, to our education and training. This is on the heels of an earlier post on the subject of whose behavior it is that we are learning about . Is this a matter of old tactics not meeting new fire behavior or is it a matter of firefighters possibly performing rote activities with little thought?
I'm curious what you think. Keep in mind, we've all been there at one fire or another; none of us is perfect but we all can continue to learn.
Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George's County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville where he met Chris Hebert and Dave Ianonne, the creators of Firehouse.com. Bill went to work for them back in 2001 and after they transitioned away to new, bigger projects, he was hired by them again in 2009. Bill's writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of "Fire Officer: Principles and Practice", The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com.