Can't seem to open your video...keep getting the "yikes" popup. If it is the one that appeared on the weekly suppliment, I've viewed it, and have some real concerns with it. Don't know if you've ever been operating interiorly on a sprinkled building fire, but at the sprinkler or onder it when the proverbial do is hitting the fan is not a real good place to be...what concerns me from the video is that there is a good amount of heat directly above the operating crew when the sprinkler is turned on, banking a tremendous amount of superheated steam down, similar to the effects of a fog stream but with even less water! You claim it is there for added safety, when in reality it may do more harm than good. Safer practices would be to attack using the reach of the stream to gain headway on an involved room. I also have concerns with overloading of fuel and lack of a good fire prediction in the set area, both of which are discussed and pressed in 1403, something that is a fundamental part of live fire training. As for having it in the structure to prevent rekindles...there should be no such thing as a rekindle if you do the proper overhaul. I guess for a back up it's not bad, but definately not the norm. I've burned in structures for weeks on the same structure, never had this problem or saw a need to do what you are advocating, just sticking to the basics seems to work. Again, improper fire travel and behavior techniques and planning are the root of this problem.
Yes, we dedicate a Radio Operator for any incident that is actually working. As soon as we have an indication that it will actually be a working incident, we isolate that particular channel, and that radio operator is dedicated mainly to that incident. Depending on how it sounds, the radio operator may have a few EMS calls to finish, that were on the channel prior to it being isolated. There is usually a minimum of 3 people listening to the channels, and typically 4 once something becomes a worker. We put lots of ears on any worker in case of emergency traffic or a mayday.
Thanks Frank. Glad to be a part of your group.
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I'll be at the NFFF meeting at Emmitsburg next weekend and then back in DC for VISION 20/20 4/1. Will you be at either?
bobby asked me to get an air management group going and that's where we'll do our 1404 etc discussions... shoot your 1404 discussions there and we'll reciprocate on your board with chat about the escape filters etc...
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