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Is Simply “Taking the Heat Out of the Fire” The Best Initial Action for Victims?

A Very Interesting post from Brothers In Battle, LLC (Check them out here and here). Give it a look over….

Is simply “taking the heat out of the fire” the best initial action for victims?
(there are three articles linked below)…

“In most fire deaths, the cause of death is the inhalation of carbon monoxide and other products of combustion. The incineration of the body follows.”

Forensic Pathology of Thermal Injuries

“Inhalation injury from smoke in fires may account for as many as 60-80% of fire-related deaths in the United States, many of which are preventable.[4, 5] Excellent care rendered at today’s burn centers has greatly reduced the mortality from surface burns,[6] while the mortality from pulmonary injury has been increasing.”

“Many victims of fire accidents have both smoke inhalation and thermal injury. In fact, the co-presence of bronchopulmonary injury with cutaneous burns that exceed 30% of the total body surface area causes the mortality rate to increase more than 70%.”

Smoke Inhalation Injury

The Exposure of Fire Victims to Heat




Conversation Starters for Your Crew Today…

A Great Post Today by Nick Martin. Check It out!

Conversation starters for your crew today…


– We find a victim while advancing the 1st line. No one else on scene. Now what?

– We just pulled a victim out. Building is still on fire and the rest of the search isn’t done. Who’s doing CPR till EMS arrives? What if you’re only company on scene?

A failure to plan is a plan to fail.

12-11-15 Journal Entry- Smoke Indicator Holes

Smoke Indicator Holes

The Smoke indicator hole is the only opening that will adequately determine the conditions directly below firefighters operating on the roof. The smoke indicator hole is a small triangular opening approximately large enough to fit the head of a hook in. A Smoke indicator hole should be placed into the path of access and egress approximately every 15-20 feet of travel.

12-10-15 Journal Entry- Inspection Cut’s

Inspection Cut’s

The First operation that needs to be accomplished on a flat roof is the inspection cut. The inspection cut is placed into the roof to determine the following:

  1. Roof covering and depth of covering
  2. Roof sheeting material
  3. Rafter direction
  4. Conditions directly below firefighters
  5. Type of operations the ventilation crews are going to accomplish

The first cut in establishing the inspection cut is made at 45 degrees to a bearing wall, followed by another cut opposite the first. The hole is completed with another cur, forming a triangle. The goal of this cut is to locate the rafter and roll it when coming in contact with it. The inspection cut is larger than the smoke indicator hole and could pose a danger if placed in a path of access and egress to the ladder.

Tomorrow we will look at Smoke Indicator Holes.

“Vacant Buildings” and other Random Thoughts

“Vacant Buildings” and other Random Thoughts


Coming back from a fire this morning this house caught my attention…

216 E.29th St. Lorain 12-6-15.jpg

Located in a pretty-well vacated area of Lorain, and Temperatures right around freezing, there is NO Doubt that there could be a HIGH chance of Squatters inside trying to stay warm.

Looking pretty Structural Sound, and given a “Small” Fire I would sure hope that everyone would at least attempt a primary search and interior fire attack.

So Let’s Take it a Step Further…


The Point is: Just Because it is”Vacant” DOES NOT mean it is automatically a Defensive Fire!!

Know Your area, Look around when returning from alarms and when out-and-about, and file that information in your Slide Tray.

Why We Search: Squatters Still Here HERE

“Fall fades towards winter and as it does the homeless typically turn toward vacant or abandoned structures for shelter from the coming cold. If you have paid any attention to long-range weather forecasts you have probably heard that this year’s El Nino is expected to be the worst on record bringing everyone an extremely wet winter. Whether or not that develops as projected we all are aware that vagrants and others take up residence in long-empty structures at any point between Indian summers and blizzard conditions.”


What does Vacant Mean? HERE

Hundreds of Examples That “refute the fear-based belief that no one is inside or worth saving” WHY WE SEARCH HERE

Also look at our previous post: “Civilian Fire Fatalities, Search, and Other Thoughts” 

Operational Considerations for Fires in Vacant Buildings HERE, HERE, and HERE

****RELATED: Though not a Vacant Building, something to seriously think about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for Taking the Time,