YouTube videos provide us with a chance to do many things, including: Giving On-Scene reports and it gives us a chance to practice what Strategies and Tactics you would employ if you were first to arrive on scene.
A YouTube Search with the words “House Fire” came up with just over 9,000,000 Results!
On any Particular video, it’s easy to spell out an on-scene run down, but don’t stop there. Also discuss with your crew; apparatus placement, line positioning, ventilation options, Life Hazards, and Collapse hazards.
I ask my self 10 basic questions on every fire video I watch:
- Give an On- Scene Report (See Below for My Example)
- Where’s the fire, what’s it telling you, and Where is it going?
- Offensive, Defensive, or Transitional Attack?
- What Size and Where do you pull the first Line?
- What Size and Where do you pull the Back-up Line?
- What Type of Ventilation and where?
- Where is the Primary Life Hazard Location?
- What is the Interior and Exterior Fire Spread Potential?
- Are there Exposure Problems?
- What is the Collapse Hazard?
Another Method to use is B-SAHF:
As for On-scene Reports, there are many out there. I use a Version of Anthony Avillo’s from His Book Fireground Strategies 2nd Edition.
I change it up a little and use it as such; Engine 1 On-scene, 3 story , wood frame, residential, peaked roof, moderate smoke from 2nd floor, make this a working fire, Engine 1 will be stretching, Engine 1 has mobile command. We have our own hydrant.
Others Include C-BAR;
Location & Extent
You do not just have to use YouTube videos, Go out in your first due and take pictures of Your Buildings and add in fire and smoke by using simulation software. This way it’s more personalized for you.
By going to Google Maps and getting a Birds-eye-view can also prove beneficial. You can look for HVAC’s, Renovations, or other significant items.
Another opportunity for drilling is to take pictures of Doors in your community. Then, you can insert them into a document and add questions such as: which way does the door swing, what type of lock, how do you attack the door, and what tools do you need?
The bottom line is make it personal to you, sure YouTube videos are Great but the more personalized the drills are, the more benefit your members get out of it.
In the coming days I will post many of these drills I have made up in the drills tab on the Homepage.
Stay Safe and Train Hard- Ethan Bansek