There have been many times that we have received comments, we have received emails, and been asked in person what Firefighter Basics is all about? I wanted to take some time and answer that question as well as address some Firefighting Basics that will get you back home to your family after every call.
Firefighter Basics was founded in 2009 after myself Marques Bush (Firestudent1) needed and outlet to sound off after being apart of the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, SC on June 18th. If you have never read the reports I will create a new tab with links to LODD’s that have brought about significant change in the American Fire Service. Let me state their is no one firefighter death that is more important than the other, some just brought about significant changes because of the recommendations made after the investigation. Firefighter Basics has a crew made up of firefighters from all over the country Aaron Peters ( Firefighter03 ) Shawn Donovan (Anchorpoint) Ryan Mcgovern (Ladderjack) Scott Feather (Training38) Jeff Schwering (Drillmaster1) Freddie Bell ( EMAguy) and the occasional guest post. We also have a Hands on Training Crew who does not write but handles a lot field work in teaching and consulting on classes and programs around their local, regional, and national levels. Our Hands on Training crew David Bullard (CCFR) John Hunter (SAFD) Jake Jenkins (CFD) Jack Wimberley (CCFR).
The point of that Introduction is so that you understand we represent firefighters from all around our country and from the one firehouse agency to the large Urban metropolitan department. The point is we try and ensure that all thought processes are covered.
It is our belief that in the above picture that is a go go situation although many these days will say write it off. We believe that a trained, not even well trained engine company that knows fire behavior and has prepared themselves for quick and effective hose advancement and management will get to the seat of the fire quickly, and this will be non issue. The engine company will also be able to determine if they want to use a transitional attack based off of their manpower or resources available to them. It is our belief that as an engine man you need to have a basics understanding of somethings such as the nozzle you are using; how does it work? why does it work? what options do you have if it fails? what gpm does it flow? What type of hose are you using and do they compliment each other? Can you advance the line quickly and efficiently? Does the hose load you use make sense? These are just a few things to ask yourself. If you can’t answers those questions then what the hell are you doing worrying about Haz-Mat or Rope Rescue.
It has nothing to do with the actual truck itself and everything to do with its functions. If you don’t understand this photo well lets just say there is lots of work for you to do. It is our firm belief that as a firefighter you should be able to conduct a good primary search, force a door, choose the right ventilation, and ladder like nobodies business. Performing truck functions will require you also have a fervent understanding of Building Construction. Why you say? Great Question comment below with the answer.
If you notice I said nothing about rescue operations. It is not that rescue operations are not important but they aren’t the Basics! They are advanced skills! Besides most rescue operations come out of the basics of the knots you need to know and the basic equipment you use in basics fire school such as ladders, rope, and even snap blocks or whatever you refer to them as.
You see it all seems so simple but apparently it is not. We have firefighters everyday missing victims during search, bailing out of windows with no ladders, trying to get out of windows with security guards still on them, going into commercial fires with 1.5 hand lines and actually expecting the fire to go out.
Firefighters understand where one line is stretched there needs to be a second
When firefighters are operating in any type of elevation they can not normally exit out of without there being a fall there needs to be a ladder
When you run out of ground ladders off of the Aerial Truck the engines came with them too
If the Basics are done on the Fire Ground it drastically limits the chance of Death or Injuries
Here at Firefighters Basics we are not big on gadgets and toys. Keep the job simple, but evaluate new technology that really enhances our operation e.g TIC’s