This video shows a commercial warehouse fire. Usually we show videos and they have a lesson or something that can be improved in them, not to bash but in order to learn. However this video does not really give us the chance. It starts out kind of slow but really picks up around the 4 min. mark.
Lets take a look at the good things they did.
1. The laid a supply line: While I am a fan of this all of the time no matter what the occupancy, but it is even more necessary when dealing with an occupancy like this with this amount of fire. You are going to need a lot of water to suppress this fire, and in order to make an immediate impact large lines are going to need to be deployed ASAP and in order to do that you are going to need a continuous water supply source. Additionally the supply line was laid or moved in order to not clock the entrance for other rigs, either way it was a good call and something that more drivers need to train on.
2. Handline selection: These guys went with a big gun (2 1/2) and then a bigger gun (portable master stream) and only 1 guy was manning the line, which if you listen to most people is impossible.
3. SCBA and PPE: These guys were dressed to their fullest protection level which is always a good thing.
Now it is not all sunshine and rainbows there were some things that could have been done better. First off flowing the line. These are the types of fires that the line needs to be opened up and flowed until water runs out or the building burns down. I also would not have been moving it back and forth, that pedestrian door was perfect for the line until the large door on the front was open. Second I was fine with the saw opening up the large warehouse door, and I do not know what the locking mechanism was, but remember the irons can open various types of locks always give them a shot first and then if it doesn’t work go to the saw.
Lastly this video is the perfect demonstration of smoke color does not indicate the amount of fire still in the occupancy. You will see the smoke change to a white color, yet still coming out with a lot of turbulence. Remember turbulence means pressure which is created by heat and is a sure sign of flash over, do not get lulled into a sense of security by the color change.
Overall this was a great job, and great video to learn from. Leave some comments and let us know what you think. Also do not forget to follow on twitter at www.twitter.com/averagejakeff
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