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So What Are We Supposed to Do?

You'll die if you go in. They will if you don't. Decisions, decisions.

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Rhetorical Lesson No.10Profiling and Pets

If VSP is to reduce risk of injury and death it should apply to searching for the Golden Doodle, right?

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Preplanning Pays Off For Boston Chief

Boston District Chief draws a line and keeps troops safe; says first thought upon arrival was Worcester cold storage fire.

Early in July District Chief Pettaway had walked through Norfolk Avenue working on a preplan. Known as the Boston Ice Company, the 200′ x 80′ structure had been vacant since a fire in 1963. Progressive disrepair led the owner of Cumberland Cold Storage next door to shut down the utilities and leave that structure vacant as well. On Saturday evening Engine 14 arrived and struck the second alarm. Continue reading

Worcester: Reinforcing Lessons Learned

Flames breaks through the roof of the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 123 McKeon Road during a 3-alarm blaze Monday March 22, 2010. (Rick Cinclair / T&G Staff Photo) Worcester Telegram & Gazette <strong>Note the vacant building placard in the lower right corner</strong>.

Flames breaks through the roof of the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 123 McKeon Road during a 3-alarm blaze Monday March 22, 2010. (Rick Cinclair / T&G Staff Photo) Worcester Telegram & Gazette Note the vacant building placard in the lower right corner.

On Monday a three-alarm fire broke out at a vacant Worcester Massachusetts factory complex. The blaze burned through the night and into Tuesday morning before being fully extinguished. Noteworthy of the incident is the fact the no firefighters were seriously injured during operations. Continue reading

Why We Search, Boston

Firefighter John Smith spoke with his comrades after leading a squatter from the burning warehouse. (John Guilfoil/Boston Globe)

Firefighter John Smith spoke with his comrades after leading a squatter from the burning warehouse. (John Guilfoil/Boston Globe)

In this ever evolving safety culture of ours, there are some who make the hard choice of whether or not to search strictly by knowledge of a building’s occupancy alone. Prior to arriving on the scene they have set their mind fast to an unchangeable bias that says they will not go to dark places deep within an larger unknown, for they have to save themselves and their ‘brothers’ first. Continue reading