After a forest of trees are cut for the reports and herds of dead horses are pummeled, some people still don’t get it.
Viewer post from September 2010 on YouTube of a Houston house fire.
“booster hoses- they should be used as a first attack line, regardless of the degree of fire. 30 GPM is better than 0 GPM, especially during the couple of minutes it takes to get a 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 line charged. Two boosters= 60. The sooner it’s out, the sooner we all go home.”
Three years and three months after the Sofa Super Store Fire.
After all the speculation, quarterbacking, preliminary, draft, final and today’s reports.
Hell, it even has a spot in Wikipedia.
“Questions have also been raised about CFD’s use of booster lines to fight the Sofa Super Store fire.”
Charles Bailey is right. We, the fire service, need professional help to figure why it is we do not learn. Our current delivery system is not cutting it. Maybe we’re being guided by some of the same government folks who think Osama bin Laden is still in a cave in Afghanistan.
Mark my words, we will see this again. Maybe not nine dead, maybe three or four. Heck, maybe we’ll see a dozen killed because they never heard of Hackensack or Waldbaums, and they rushed right into the converted Safeway supermarket and were wiped out in a bowstring truss collapse.
And there we will be, wringing our hands, saying what heroes they were and wondering how?.
“booster hoses- they should be used as a first attack line, regardless of the degree of fire.”
Have we reached the point where we need to accept help from those outside the fire service?
Can experts in sociology, psychology and education dissect our learning behavior for us and help reduce the repetitive mistakes?
No horses or carcasses were mistreated in this posting, but this one was slightly hyped up on peppermints.
Also on Backstep Firefighter …
- Human Behavior
5 Years Later, We Can’t Shake It – June 18, 2012
- Lesson Not Learned
Texas, Tennessee and Emmitsburg
Why Does Johnny Not Read? – October 8, 2012
- Lowell Working:
Videos of Companies Pushing in at Four-Alarm Fire – November 28, 2012
- Rhetorical Lesson No.10
Profiling and Pets – July 19, 2012
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