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I made this video especially for the Fire Engineering group here. I think you guys can REALLY use this to train your crews.

This is job we had where as you will see in the video, it could have been very bad for the firefighters if they entered the house. There has been several incidents lately of firefighters falling thru floors, so when I reviewed the footage I put this video together for all of us and mostly probies. It was 2 a.m. and after being barely awake, I'm just glad I noticed the floor. If this helps anyone else out, that's great. In the beginning, the lighting is really low, There were no street lights or anything, but it will light up! I will also have it available for "FREE DOWNLOAD" on our website at in the community section or for training officers. The FCII Fire Helmet Camera is available at .

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Comment by John Barrett on February 24, 2009 at 5:37pm
Thanks for sharing this incredible training opportunity!
If I was involved in this fire one thing I would point out at the PIA (post incident analysis) would be what you saw needed to be communicated to every single person who was already on the fireground or still enroute to the fire ground. THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF NECESSARY RADIO COMMUNICATION that is essential to everyones safety and survival. Had your observations not been clearly communicated AND understood, a true tragedy could have taken place.
Comment by Bryan German on February 21, 2009 at 10:24pm
Great Job at "getting" the big picture!! Great teaching moment for anyone. Thanks
Comment by Marty Mayes on February 21, 2009 at 5:18pm
Rob, nice footage. Can you speak to what your thoughts were at a "gut" level about the fire. Most of us would have made entry. Esp. us guys that do not have many basements. So was it all reading conditions or did you have more of a instinctual reaction? I am working on the psychology of the near miss presentation. I think this one could benefit the fire community, if we could get a true understanding of how you made the decision you did. Feel free to e-mail your answer to me at,

Thanks, Marty
Comment by Todd Trudeau on February 20, 2009 at 12:55pm
Great footage from different angles and the next day. Thanks for sharing!

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