The below video is from the Bedford Virginia Fire Department and shows a firefighter down scenario that they recently had. Rhett over at www.firecritic.com has some great coverage of it here: http://firecritic.com/2011/03/raw-video-helmet-cam-footage-of-mayday-in-bedford-virginia/#
While the lessons from the video are obvious I want to thank the Bedford FD for this video. In an age where departments are running scared from things like twitter, Facebook, pictures and video cameras it is nice to see a department that not only allows this but puts the video out so that we can all learn from it. I can promise you that if this happened where I worked there would be no video, no pictures, and it definitely would not be put out for others to learn from. It takes a lot of guts to allow people to critique you but a lot of times it is some of the best feedback you will ever get. A huge BRAVO to the Bedford Fire Department.
One additional thing, attic stairs are dangerous, I have personally seen several people fall and get hurt from them just like this firefighter, with the only exception that they did not fall all the way to the basement. In fact a couple of years ago I was activated to a may day where a firefighter fell from the attic into the floor and was hurt. His feet were actually tangled in the debris from the attic steps. We got him up and out of there but it was very similar to this incident. Again attic steps are dangerous make every effort to back them up with an attic ladder ASAP whenever you are putting people in the attic or on these stairs.
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!