A San Francisco apartment fire garnered a lot of attention from the customers about where the water was. Take this misunderstanding and turn it into a list of ‘What if…” drills.
An apartment fire in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood became a short video sensation as it captured what appeared to be a delay in getting water onto the seat of the fire. As usual most comments about the firefighting, from civilians and firefighters, focused on their ignorance and our blundering attempt to educate. The fire and similar ones afterward give us a number of subjects to use in this month’s training prompt.
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We posed questions on Facebook asking 1. How many reasons can you list of reasons why the interior attack may be delayed? and 2. When was the last time you trained on one of them? Here are some of the replies and other reasons in three simple categories that should give you plenty to work with.
Defective or dead hydrant
Stretched short/too much
Obstructed or defective standpipe riser
Obstruction in the nozzle
Occupants/victims in path of nozzleteam
Difficulty forcing entry
Multiple doors to force
Hoarding/Collyer mansion conditions
Fire has possession of interior hall and/or stairway
Holes in the floor
Secondary fire or fire in other locations
How many additional reasons can you think of that would cause a delay in getting water on the fire? Think about the ones that apply to your area and operations and discuss how your members would:
1. Identify the problem
2. Communicate the problem
3. Fix the problem.
Also on Backstep Firefighter …
- Tactical Safety for Firefighters:
It’s About Nozzle Reach, Not Stream Reach – December 12, 2013
- Helmet Cam Perspective:
Training Questions – October 4, 2012
- Indianapolis Working:
Helmet Cam Video, First-Due at Apartment Fire – May 17, 2013
- Sharon, PA Working
Helmet Cam Video from Engine Officer – February 13, 2013