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Interesting Video

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9rYq6sOqoU]

I say interesting because very rarely do you get to see a video with 2 victim rescue, and the forcible entry process of a heavily fortified door, with a roll down gate. Take this video and apply your departments response and staffing to it and ask yourself,

1. How would you deploy your EMS resources for the victim rescues?

2. Do you have enough EMS resources for multiple victims, and still maintain rehab and medical monitoring of your firefighters? If you don’t where/how can you get them?

3. Whats your protocols for smoke inhalation? burns? Where is your trauma hospital/burn center? Can you get there by ground fast enough or do you need a helicopter/air ambulance?

4. How/who would force that door? Would you do anything different?

5. When is the last time you reviewed roll down gate forcible entry?

Use videos like this as a learning tool, sit down with your shift/crew and ask how are we going to tackle this fire? Do we have occupancies like this in our first due? Have we visited them? Do we have a preplan?

This fire could happen in your area TODAY! Are you ready?

Lets make the year 2013 the year of training in the fire service. It does not always have to be the 6 hour-long class, it can be something as simple as watching a video, stretching a hose line, or going over a tool in the bay. If you dedicate 1 hour of your shift every shift to some type of fire training, and then 1 hour to some type of physical training I guarantee you will see results!

As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!

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