So, you need a quick idea for a drill and across your computer screen appears this video from out Brothers in Farmingdale, NY. Instead of "Monday Morning Quarterbacking" which a lot of our folks like to do, keep this in mind:
1) Day time alarm with limited manpower.
2) No access to the basement from the interior.
3) Visible fire showing on the "3" aka "C" side of the building.
4) Junior Crew.
I like the fact that the men are talking to each other and coming up with a game plan prior to arrival. Make sure your PPE is properly on before getting off the rig. The hose stretch is always a task we can work on. Proper stretch and calculation of lengths will equal an easier time getting that line into operation. The pre connects that many of us use are good, but..... make sure it is properly flaked out or if need be, remove a length on a close stretch. The officer makes a great call, knock it down and let's move in. The quarterbacks are saying "risk vs reward, put it out from the window". The officer made an educated decision and penetrated the fire area with a quick knockdown that SAVED THE HOUSE.
Back-up line? Especially for basement fires, make sure that line is in place. Use the camera as the officer and show it to the nozzle firefighter so that he / she can see what you see and properly put water on the fire. Communication during the attack was very good. Where is the fire? Control your breathing, reports to command.....
That's my 10 minute take on this fire. Any points I missed???
Mark Gregory has over over 27 years of combined service. He is currently a Lieutenant in the FDNY assigned to Tower Ladder 111 (The Nuthouse Truck) and as an Instructor at the FDNY Academy. Previous assignments include Ladder Company 132 and Rescue 2. Mark is also a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of East Quogue, NY. He has served through all the ranks including Chief of Department and Commissioner and currently serves as the Mentor for the Junior Firefighter Program. Mark is a Deputy Chief Instructor with the Suffolk County Fire Academy, Lead Instructor for the FDIC HOT Program "Man vs Machine", and Partner of P.L. Vulcan Fire Training Concepts LLC.