The Fire Service had rough day yesterday.
There were 3 fires where a MAYDAY was transmitted and at least 6 firefighters injured. Five (5) of those injuries were from the FDNY blaze at 1102 Prospect Place in Crown Heights. Two of those members ( Brothers Wiedmann and Gersbeck ) are assigned to Rescue Company 2 and are listed as stable but in critical condition. Both members were forced to bail from the upper level when the floor flashed.
CLOSE CALLS! ( If you’re not following Firefighter Close Calls.com you should be … click HERE ) We are LUCKY these were just “close calls” and not Line of Duty Deaths. All 3 fires could have gone either way.
I’m not going to “Monday morning quarterback” or critique these fires … I wasn’t there. I say we were “lucky” because I’m glad these Brothers were injured and not killed. We’re lucky every time we return safely to quarters . Even after hours upon hours of training and years and years of experience … the “odds” are still stacked against us.
This is a dangerous profession and, with every response; there is RISK. There is a ton of debate out there as to what is or isn’t “acceptable” risk and I’m not going there tonight either. I will however mention an interesting post from Teague Kenny over on “The Tailboard”. Teague says the Fire Service motto of “RISK a lot to SAVE a lot is BS” …. as in bullshit. See that post HERE .
What I will say is that I know a pretty good way of decreasing this risk …… PUT THE FIRE OUT!
Yea… remember that??? Firemen have been saying it for YEARS.
Chief Bill Goldfeder himself preaches it. Chief Billy is a good friend of mine. He gave me and Rhett a personal tour of Loveland and their fire stations just last month ( see that post HERE ).
We even dropped by his office. He was VERY proud of his desk. Not how neat, clean and clutter free it was but of the open and highlighted book in it’s center.
The book was John Norman’s Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics, 3rd Edition
The highlighted section talked about the importance of getting water on the seat of a fire in the quickest and most efficient way possible….
“More lives are saved by a properly positioned hoseline than any other method”.
( Note: the “Risk Management Plan” pictured above / left is also from Chief Goldfeder)
If we put the fire out, there will be nothing to “flash”. If the fire is extinguished, it can not weaken or burn through lightweight trusses / construction. When a fire is no longer burning, it can no longer produce the toxic gas and fumes that kill trapped occupants.
It just seems simple to me. The FIRE is what’s hurting and killing us …so PUT IT OUT!
My Department is pretty good at it…. have been for over 100 years. I’ve built my career on it. Even “Rookie Randy” is catching on … just look at him (pictured left) “DOING IT” yesterday.
In a long ago “Melrose Misfit” post, my own members once bragged about my ability to do so …“One of the things all of us here are impressed by is his knowledge in strategy and tactics and his uncanny ability to locate the seat of the fire and the fastest way to get to it”.
So that’s my 2 cents worth … my “rant” for the night. GET WATER ON THESE FIRES before they can injure or ( God forbid) kill any more of our Brothers or Sisters … take it for what it’s worth. My advise and $2.00 just may get ya a cup of coffee.
Ok, to wrap up … Christmas is just 5 days away ! I hope you’re ready because we can’t stop it …LOL. With only 5 days remaining, that means we are up to Day 5 of my 2011 edition of Santa’s Sexy Helpers … and here she is … ENJOY