This Ain’t The Burn Building

DO WE TRAIN OURSELVES INTO MEDIOCRITY? It is rare to go to a live burn, fixed building or acquired, that realistically prepares us for the homes and businesses that our duty requires us to enter when they’re on fire.

As much as I would love to search and advance lines into buildings that aren’t packed with furniture, toys, desks, chairs, etc., it’s just not realistic. I SEE MORE PACK RAT HOUSES THAN “BETTER HOMES & GARDENS” HOUSES. Which begs the question, IS THIS THE ROOT OF COMPLACENCY? Do non-realistic training scenarios generate non-realistic tactics which results in non-realistic muscle memory? IS THIS HOW BAD HABITS START?

We always talk about ‘”landmarks” when teaching search and tend to apply those principles to advancing hose lines in heavy smoke. So what happens when the “landmarks” are out of place? Can we trust ourselves, our crew, training and experience enough to press on despite misleading signals? Can we identify and overcome obstacles in our path to complete the task at hand?

SCIENCE EXPERIMENT: The next time you’re training on advancing lines through structures orsearching, pile as muchjunk (pillows, cushions, books, magazines, boxes, toys, etc) into the building. Acquire or build wooden end tables, night stands, chairs to be knocked over during the advance or search. PUSH YOUR FIREFIGHTERS!

 

HERE IS A PRIMER! How many of you have seen stuff like the pictures below? It’s very common. The question is…

MID NIGHT FIRE, HEAVY SMOKE & FLAMES SHOWING FROM THE SECOND FLOOR. YOU ARE ON THE FIRST ENGINE and THESE ARE THE STAIRS YOU HAVE TO MAKE. DO THESE PICTURES REPRESENT A BIG PROBLEM OR A LITTLE PROBLEM?

 

Thanks and Be Safe

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First Due Friday; Top Floor Garden Apartment
Thanks for the comment Brian, we enjoy a good garden apartment job as well. Usually plenty of work to go around. Have a safe holiday! Merry Christmas! Matt SAFE FF
2014-12-23 03:22:44
safefirefighter
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Thanks Cap, FYI, we'll probably use your quote if that's okay? Matt SAFE FF
2014-12-23 03:21:12
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2014-12-03 13:17:17
Brian
First Due Friday; Top Floor Garden Apartment
Had a few just like this. Call the all hands. First due engine stretch to fire floor. 500 gallons plenty to put this fire out. Truck co split up and primary search. Force entry if needed. 35 ft ladder to window to left of fire window and rear. Second due truck co. set up aerial…
2014-11-28 02:17:43
Stephen Simich
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I use this one all the time in training: "Perfection is the goal, excellence will be tolerated" by John Maxwell- Leadership management book.
2014-11-20 14:27:15

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