I was taught early in my career the importance of door and lock knowledge and “alternate” means of gaining access. However it is apparent that this is a lost art in the fire service. The setup I’ve used for years has proven itself at numerous fires and alarm runs. However, I’m trying something new. In this post you’ll see my old and new setups as well as some great links to pics, videos and articles about through-the-lock forcible entry. We’d also love to hear what you use!
Snapped this picture during an EMS run. Invaluable lessons can be learned by paying attention during non-fire runs. Some of the things we noted: 1. The additional slide bolt lock on the front door 2. No door knob on the bedroom door 3. Open light fixtures 4. Only one smoke detector (in the kitchen, not […]
When most of us think about fighting fires in vacant buildings we envision either urban areas with blocks of old vacants or rural areas with one lonely house hidden in the overgrowth. But we found a random row of empty, new construction, houses in a well-kept suburban area where firefighters generally wouldn’t think twice about calling this row “EMPTY” or “VACANT”. Presumably, they would set their strategies and tactics in motion accordingly. Here is proof that we can never take things at face value.
When discussing attack line tactics, one of the most important points to remember is for the Nozzle Firefighter to always show up at the door with, at least, 1 section of hose often referred to as the “working length”. What about the 100 feet or so behind the working length? Who manages that hose and how? There are certain objectives, or good practices, that all engine companies should try to accomplish that will aid in advancing the attack line into the structure.
Fire service warriors are true practitioners of their craft and thrive on sharing their passion and knowledge for the job with any and all who will listen. They understand that every aspect of the job is equally as important. The tougher the challenge, the more focused and determined they become. Their unbridled “passion for the profession” is unmistakable. They understand that trust and brotherhood are forged in sweat and soot. Are you a Warrior?
How did it come to be this way? Is this truly the future of the fire service, to not fight fires at all? It’s hard to be called out for being wrong when you stand on the side of over-cautiousness with a second helping of safety. And alas that is where the nation’s authors have gone to avoid confrontation, a catch phrase contest on who can be the safest. I have a new catch phrase for you, “Return to Effectiveness”.