09/26/10 103 W, 1 I - + 7 - 4 Attic Fire Video

For your Sunday discussion, from a reader, here's a video of an attic fire in Indiana. We'll leave the department unnamed, and spare them the hits from web searches. Ladder placement, hose placement, ventilation technique, etc. Well-captured in the video, though perhaps not as well-executed as desirable. How useful are videos such as these for training and education? Do they result in learning and awareness and critical thinking? Or is it more pile-upon for things not done right in the eyes of the viewer? Discuss as desired, both the video and the use of the videos. Click to watch:

And I thought after all these years I’d seen it all. Nope. Not yet. :-
dc - 09/26/10 - 10:18

I like the guy who looked into the vent hole….w/o an air pack
Zack a - 09/26/10 - 14:27

Cut the vent hole and then fight the attic fire through the hole. Interesting strategy. Guess the doors to the house were locked or something.
Andy - 09/26/10 - 16:03

A.C. Rich - 09/26/10 - 16:37

I found this video last night on you tube after about four hours of watching fire videos. So, I decided to send it to a few of the younger folks at my department to see if they could point out what was done right or wrong. Some people saw some things that others did not. But the one thing that quite a few people have noticed is how cool, calm and collective everyone appears to be. No matter how bad of a job anyone of them is doing, no one is “spinning.” I found that kind of odd.
Marcus - 09/26/10 - 20:24

What is with the white helmet getting into the vent opening on the roof, WTF!!!
JA - 09/28/10 - 09:07

The axe still starts evertime. Chief must have some of that new low profile invisible SCBA
Rob Mitchell - 09/28/10 - 10:49

Or, this is why the Ladders and Rescues should crank their saws daily and run them wide open. Unbelievable tactics, but seeing is believing.
Silver - 09/28/10 - 15:31

Wouldn’t it have been easier/quicker just to bust out a window and go inside? It seems that from a technique point of view there’s lot of examples here of what not to do, although I personally wouldn’t know good from bad if it bit me in the ass. But from a pure speed standpoint, it seems they take forever screwing around on the roof.
Paul - 09/28/10 - 19:38

Seems to be a good attic fire going and hasn’t self vented, which would be a perfect time to open the roof QUICKLY, OVER THE FIRE. The key here is training, training, training. Throw a ladder, ascend the roof, cut it and get off. At the same time, crews on the interior dropping the ceilings to gain access and a well trained nozzleman can knock this thing out.

While horizontal venting is a quick way to vent a dwelling, initially in this case it wouldn’t really help much. Once the Brothers make a knock, taking a few windows would be ok to rid of any heat/steam/crap that decided to drop versus exit the vent hole.
Silver - 09/28/10 - 21:58

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