There are a few new, four letter words in today's fire service to many. The words and phrases that include "new tactics", "UL", "NIST", "attack from the burned side", "transitional attack" and a few others seem to get under the skin of many. Immediately many will respond "just because it's new doesn't make it right". We have all heard and probably at one point had similar thoughts.
Today, I am not going to preach new tactics or techniques. I am simply going to start the conversation on the tactics utilized in the video which is included in the below link.
I am looking for your opinion and your thoughts on what you would do. There is no right or wrong answer. It's your opinion!
But, here is the catch. I want you to critique the tactical decisions as a firefighter without knowledge of flow path and the impact of the vertical ventilation study. Then I want you to watch the video again and consider flow paths and consider if vertical ventilation was or was not necessary. Again, there is no right or wrong answer!
A few points to consider. On your size up look at the building construction, smoke volume, velocity, color and density, look for the flow paths, look for volume of fire before ventilation and volume of fire after ventilation.
Now as a firefighter with knowledge of flow path and knowledge of the impact of vertical ventilation study will you still deploy the same tactics? Again, there is no right or wrong answer. We are all students of the fire service and can learn from each other through good spirited, positive debates.
Here is the link that contains the video. http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20131126/video-heres-what-its-lik...