It's friday, that means another You Make the Call

Here is this week's You Make the Call from my home blog the Happy MedicFeel free to comment here, or there, or both. The results of what happened will be posted, as always, Monday morning.

I started this segment of my blog as a way to get ideas flowing and see how folks around the country and the world handle the same event. There is no "right" answer, only what you would do, compared later with what I did. Sometimes the best way to learn is by comparison.

You Make the Call...Structure Fire
I am assigned as the engineer/operator of a single engine resource of 2 persons, called out just before dawn for a report of smoke from a house.

On arrival we have smoke showing from a side door, there are no other signs at the house indicating anything other than a fire near that door in its early free burning stage.

On scene I establish a water source and supply water to the pre-connect attack line as an additional engine arrives at the scene.

My firefighter and the second engine crew make entry and begin their duties of searching the house and extinguishing the fire.

As the minutes tick by all seems well and I am the defacto IC/ Safety Officer until our Battalion Supervisor arrives. Since my pump panel faces the building I remain as safety officer.

Soon after, the Chief Officer arrives on the scene to survey the action. He is dressed in blue jeans, tennis shoes, an unbuttoned turnout coat and a filthy white helmet. (Not from fire, more on that another day) As I give my report on conditions, the fire is out, just checking for extension, I advise him that full PPE are required on the fire ground. He turns away and walks towards the fire building.

I use my portable radio to call the IC and advise him that there is a member without full PPE in the hazard zone. He responds to have that member return to their apparatus and don full PPE before conducting their tasks.

Since I have crews inside still needing water, I am hesitant to leave the pump panel. As I'm trying to wrap my head around the situation, the Chief Officer walks around the building towards where the hose line enters the house and I lose sight of him.

What do I do? You make the call.

PS - Don't take the easy way out and ask about more personnel on the scene to help. There are 6 of us. 2 on each engine, 1 Battalion Officer and 1 Chief Officer.

Views: 56

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of My Firefighter Nation to add comments!

Join My Firefighter Nation

Comment by Chris Sterling on March 7, 2009 at 5:46pm
Good call guys. I agree with everyone so far.
Comment by Chad Furr on March 7, 2009 at 4:39pm
I agree also with Shane. Your 1st responsibility is to your guys on your line. If you can contact your guys inside have em turn and hose his ass down maybe that will get him out of there. or at leasat clean him up a bit. Let your Bat. Chief know everything you seen and did. This person may neeed some kind of help.
Comment by Harry Rogers on March 7, 2009 at 2:26pm
Your prority is the men on that hose line. That "officer" should know better, and with your statement (Not from fire, more on that another day) that tends to lead me into another direction. Like he may not be stable enough to even be at the scene. Your statement is very broad and vague, he may be staying at someone elses place, he could be ETOH, or simply forgot his PPE and feels that he "has been around the block long enough to know that he wont get hurt". As I said, your focus is to stay at the pump panel, you notified the proper person.
Comment by Robert on March 7, 2009 at 9:13am
I agree with shane.

FireRescue Magazine

Find Members Fast

Or Name, Dept, Keyword
Invite Your Friends
Not a Member? Join Now

© 2019   Created by Firefighter Nation WebChief.   Powered by

Badges  |  Contact Firefighter Nation  |  Terms of Service