Somebody explain to me why PPV...other than it's a way to ventilate the building.
PPV works for specific situations. If you are conducting VES (contradictory in its own right), you shouldn't be using PPV; unknown location of the victim(s), you shouldn't be using PPV.
The problem with PPV is that once a window or door is opened (controlled or uncontrolled) that opening becomes the or an exhaust point. That window just may be the victims room. Not a good thing if you place life before property.
Don't get wrong...PPV has its applications.
Lt. Rob Fisher - L72
Brake the crew up. The officer and one go inside to search. The senior man goes to vent. When the second or third engine arrives, they send 1 to assist with the venting fire fighter from the truck.
Jeff and Marques, well said... iNow it's good to see someone is thinking of the 'Swick" method of toting two ladders. There is no way thatBut, as a LT of a 3 member truck company for many years, the reality is that two are heading up the ladder for VES, and, the driver is setting another portable, etc. Doug, I respectfully disagree... you're going to need all three of you if you have an unconcious victim; and besides, I want someone on the ground getting ready for anything we need, like another ladder quickly to another window. We may not be coming out the same window we entered. Why deploy someone to vent? The room is venting. Even if it's in the overhead (maybe) from the size-up of smoke from the eaves (smoke, not fire, smoke; which it would be anyway) it doesn't have overwhelming possession of the attic space. And any decent engine should be able to gain control rapidly.
Gang, remember, this is about the person that is reported to be in the involved structure.