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The Daily Drill 2: VES

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Notice how the roof ladder projects into the window slightly.  However, the ladder is already at a very low angle that could result in the butt kicking out.  Should the ladder tip be removed from the window to allow for easier emergency exit/victim removal or does the angle of the ladder preclude this?  What are possible solutions?

Release the Ladder Rack!

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As apparatus drivers when we pull up to the scene of a working fire we are thinking about charging the appropriate line, getting the right gallons per minute to your interior crews and finding a water supply source before the tank water is exhausted. That is a lot to do and you normally do it all on your own. Well, there is one more thing I would like you to add to your list.

VES Video

Here is a pretty good, basic video on VES (vent, enter and search). It has good demonstration points from the beginning of the operation to the complete search of one room. The thing I like about this video is the use of two persons for the VES. Although this can be done with one person, […]

Be Careful Using PPV–Good Video

This video is from the Salt Lake City area and shows what can happen when you have hidden fire and use a positive pressure fan with crews inside the building.

Company Discussions: Redeployment?

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Time is running out for keeping this in check and an interior attack. We’ve all been here and we know how this can go.

Ladder Bail Out Plus…..

Take a look at this video and watch and listen to the communications. There is a lot to learn here and these guys were under a lot of pressure. You can just feel it how they are talking and acting on the fire ground.

Dangerous Situation

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Do you know how to read the smoke and recognize the signs of backdraft?

Secondary Means of Escape

Operating on the roof during a building fire requires us to have a secondary means of escape. This will likely be the responsibility of crews on the ground. But, if resources are such, the vent team may need to place both sets of ladders prior to making the roof.

Working Off Ladders

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Don’t forget the basics. Let’s keep ourselves safe on ladders. Use your leg locks and/or lodder belts.

Vent, Enter and Search

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Would you use VES on this fire? What tactics would you use instead or in addition too to search for occupants?

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Jason Hoevelmann

Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal with the Sullivan Fire Protection District, a combination department, and a career firefighter/paramedic with the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District in North St. Louis County.
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Chris Sterricker
Really?!?!
Great read Jason. I liken this issue to the recent unfortunate events in Kentucky in which a firefighter was killed and another, his mother, seriously injured when struck at the scene of a car fire. The response to the tragedy was for the fire department to immediately institute a complete shut-down policy of any incident…
2014-08-27 00:39:49
Bill Carey
Really?!?!
Well written Jason; nice job. Bill Carey
2014-08-25 13:37:42
John Mallott
Significant Stuff from the UL/NIST Studies: Not Exterior Water Application
Jason; Some good information the fire service is very dynamic and always changing. thanks for the article will share with the fire department officers for "food for thought" and some insight information..
2014-08-04 16:54:47
Billy Shockley
Opportunities for Training: Not Just on the Drill Ground
Love to have the opportunity to train to be a firefighter
2014-07-18 21:00:13
dc802
FREE Webinar from The New Fire Officer: Part 2
I will post the link today for the first video. I am attaching a video that also explains an online course that I offer for officer development. The next class is beginning Sept. 4, 2014. Look for the link on this page and at thenewfireofficer.com http://youtu.be/A9oXTQQhgP8 https://app.box.com/s/n4q0az6hrd296fyznaql This is the link for the first video.…
2014-07-18 15:50:08

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