It has been almost 2 years since 4/12/20009 when we lost Captian James Harlow and Firefighter Damion Hobbs in Houston Texas ( www.tdi.state.tx.us/reports/fire/documents/fmloddhouston09.pdf ). Nearly 4 years ago on 4/16/2007 we also lost Technician Kyle Wilson with Prince William County Fire ( www.pwcgov.org/vpresentations/fnr/LODDReport.pdf ). On Sunday night here in the Denver area, 2 Arvada Firefighters were burned while searching a single family dwelling during a fire with high wind conditions. (www.9news.com/news/local/article/191914/222/Still-no-cause-for-blaz... )
Wind driven fires are not limited to the wildland or high rise events. These three incidents were at single family dwellings. Unfortunately it is all too often we must perform our duties under adverse conditions and with few exceptions we can’t control an act of nature like the wind. All I ask is that today you take the time to honor these men with training. Review these reports and pictures, discuss indicators of wind conditions and local weather patterns.
These two pictures are from training burns conducted at an acquired hotel in our district. The photographer noted no wind at the ground level. We can see a difference on the 3rd floor at the fire window where the standing breeze is holding fire and then the steam to the building. Identifying and communicating this wind condition on your 360 is potentially life saving.