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This is Why We Train

As usual I want to preface my coming comments, that in no way am I trying to be disrespectful to the fireman, or companies in this video. However when you put yourself out there you open yourself up for criticism, much like this blog while I have gotten a ton of positive comments, I have also gotten just as many negative comments. To me it is all about growing and learning as fireman, or more importantly as a person. The key is to be your own toughest critic, and to strive for perfection, and while I fall short of perfection on a daily basis tying to be perfect gets you close, and that level of service can make a huge difference.

So now that all the lovey dovey stuff is out-of-the-way, in the below video we have a FULL engine company responding to a town home fire (that’s what we call them). Upon their arrival they have smoke showing from side A and it seems to be a routine fire.

While to some this may seem like it went smoothly if you look a little deeper you can see some flaws that while possibly not affecting this fire could seriously hinder the events on a future fire.

1. Disorganization: It seemed like no one knew their job on arrival. You had one guy who was in half gear standing around, one guy holding a hydrant wrench, and our cameraman who ends up pulling the line only to get i taken from him cause he is masking up first asking where the hydrant is. This disorganization lead to delay in getting water on the fire. It is always important to have a plan prior to the alarm. Even in vollie departments it is possible to train your members to a standard that allows them to know their job when they arrive. Assigning different jobs to the position on the apparatus is the most accepted way, but whatever way you choose you have to not only implement it, but train on it!

2. Apparatus positioning: It never fails even in my department Engines all over the country keep taking up the critical real estate on the fireground. Bottom line folks the TRUCK COMPANY GETS THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING! When the engine takes the front it makes that big ladder on top of the rig useless. It is its length all the time so in order to utilize it has to be in the right spot. Engines however typically have hundreds to thousands of feet of hose and can easily give the truck the front side of the building by stopping short or pulling past the occupancy. Again you have to train and use it on the small ones so that it becomes second nature on the big ones.

3. Show up ready to work: I preach this over and over again but this video shows why it is so important. I have said this before but I am a mask up in the truck guy, the reasons are 2 fold. The first is I want to be ready to work on arrival, it gets me in the building faster, and it keeps me from breathing in any smoke which in todays fires is highly important. Second and I’ll admit this is selfish, if I am on the nozzle I do not want it taken from me like it was out cameraman. I know it is a team sport but, fires are down everywhere and guys are always looking to get their company in on the action, make sure you get your next fire by being ready. If you do not mask up in the rig be able to do it with you fire gloves on. Like everything else it just takes training!

Bottom line is everything talked about in this post is fixable by getting out of the day room and on the training ground. Like Billy G said if you’re not an expert on everything on your apparatus you have no time to be doing anything else especially on duty!

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

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