It is a common reaction on the fireground; give a member a tool and he or she will have a Pavlovian impulse to destroy something. The theory could be aligned to being on the truck (or squad) and having the assignment to “force” entry, “vent” the building, and “open up” for hidden fire. In some departments certain members have a tool “fettish”; they purchase their own tools and will be regularly found even at the alarm malfunction, with said tool in hand (not to be confused with a small officer’s tool, but a 4′ halligan hook or a 6′ Boston rake). I’m not certain where the need comes from, but it has to have some effect on fireground operations. In the opposite view, we can see where such a member has his impulses tempered, breaking only the panes of glass and not removing the whole sash. Either way, these extremes effect the the fire behavior or means of egress (sometimes both if you’re inside).
Take a look at each video, not necessarily for the whole fireground operation, but just the horizontal ventilation…
Early horizontal ventilation (00:08) before the charged hoseline is in position to make the attack (1:08). Not a long period of time but the auto extension to the floor above has been greatly increased.
A “classic” (as far as age, in the YouTube world)…
Again, don’t become focused on the whole fireground, but look at the actions at 1:02. Why not take out the whole window? When conditions go bad your egress needs to be as uncomplicated as possible.
Where is the disconnect between taking out the whole window and when you should wait for the engine company to move in? Give the truckies some credit to be smart enough to know the difference.
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