First and foremost HAPPY NEW YEAR! If you have got some plans tonite then please be safe. If you’re pulling a tour of duty then be extra careful, we all know how crazy New Years Eve can get, and the multiple and dynamic types of emergencies we have the potential to respond to.
So since I was busy with the holiday season I missed/forgot to do a December drill of the month, and since it is so close to the new month and new year I though I would combine them.
The video below comes to us from Petersburg Va, which is just south of Richmond Va. Petersburg is an old small town that dates back to the beginning of our nation and was established by English settlers. It was also a key factor in the Civil War and the fall of Richmond. Today it is part of the Tri-Cities (Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights) area, and maintains its small town appeal. With the older construction and low-income it is a hot bed for fire activity, and with a very small department (4 Engines, 1 Ladder, and a couple of Medic units) every fire brings the whole family, and even some cousins (mutual aid).
In this video you get to see everything, the response, the initial on scene arrival, the initial tactics, and even some spliced in helmet cam footage. Once you look at it, take your departments staffing, resources, and procedures and talk about how you would have attacked this fire. Then share it with your crew, shift, etc.
Please leave your feedback int he comments section. Thanks for reading, Happy New Year, and stay safe.