Three children injured during Bronx apartment fire. How specific are the outside vent position duties in your department?
Fire in the Bronx on Friday was captured by the Daily and the Post.
Box 4841, 730 East 228 Street
E. 63 E.38 E.79 E.62
Battalion 15, Battalion 27, division 7
“Children Burned In Bronx Fire”, My Fox NY
“Good Samaritans Rescue Three Kids From Burning Bronx Building (VIDEO)”, New York Post
“Three Children Narrowly Escape Raging Bronx Blaze”, NY Daily News
OVM strike as much fear in some circles as VES. Three little letters conjure up images of firefighters rushing headlong onto the floors above the fire, wielding a 6-foot hook like Arnold with his sword in ‘Conan the Barbarian’, taking out windows as they bound across fire escapes and porch roofs. It is highly likely that no other department in the country has developed the position of Outside Vent Man more so than the F.D.N.Y. Many departments have similar positions with similar duties, however the uniqueness of New York City boroughs (buildings) combined with response and staffing allows the F.D.N.Y. to have a riding position whose duties vary according to position due, type of building and location of fire.
Ask yourself the following:
1. What is VES and the OVM position as I understand it, and as my department understands it?
2. What riding assignments in my department change depending on arrival order, building features and fire location?
3. When was the last time I searched for life on the floor above the fire?
4. When was the last time I trained on the difference between venting for life and venting for fire?
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