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EIGHT FIREFIGHTERS GO IN TO SAVE CHILDREN...FIVE COME OUT ALIVE...HOW PREPARED ARE WE FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO?

       

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Every Firefighter knows that there is no such thing as "it can't happen to me". We go to every call knowing we have a job to do that we train relentlessly for... arrive on scene-stage the apparatus-prepare the Firemen-stretch and charge lines-muster the special operation teams-get orders from the incident commander-deploy each unit as needed.

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Every Firefighter knows their duty, but are we trained for that which we hope will never happen? I feel most departments are seriously remiss in this area.

The best smoke jumpers are useless when a structure collapses. What "team" has been dedicated to structure collapse extrication? Who feels their department could use a dedicated team who arrives, stays back and is equipped and ready for the event shown in the video?

To have had a Gradall telehandler with grapple attachment dedicated for structure fires standing by would have saved precious time removing topical debris at the incident in the video. It's 50 foot reach would have left room for the other operations while removing the fallen debris from the trapped Firefighters.

I understand the "cost" issues but having heard time and again calls in my district when victims were trapped and such equipment had to be "called in from whatever resource available" costing rescuers precious time before extrication could be achieved. Many departments have dive teams who have extremely costly equipment and PPE's so surely consideration should be given to these needs as well. I feel a unit as suggested could be towed on a trailer behind a rescue truck unit and deployed when needed. This rig need not be "first on scene"so it's cumbersome nature would not be a problem.

Your thoughts?

Here are the men lost that day.

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Thank you, stay safe everyone.

Fireman Fritz

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