Palm Beach County last weekend gets dispatched to a power pole explosion. Single 3 man Engine Company arrives on scene with house on fire and four civilians trapped. Watch the video they had to gear up and then go make the grabs. No other companies on scene. They did it! Great Job Palm Beach County. This goes to show always be ready. On my watch where I work, it is a rule on ALL FIRE CALLS wear your gear. We have had companies multiple times over the years dispatched to smoke in the area and arrive with a working house fire.
What is your longest pole? Who carries it? Photo by: Steve Clark
Pike Pole and Hook options. I am a little sensitive about this issue on the fire ground. Seems since some departments have found out there are poles/hooks other than the standard fiberglass ones. They have choosen to strictly carry and build the 4 or 5 footers. This is GREAT if every ceiling is 8 foot and every roof they get on is a low pitch roof.
The problem comes at the above photo with vaulted ceilings and high pitched roofs that require a long pole to pull ceilings and/or make the bunch after cutting. Also, when pulling a large area of ceiling the older style fiberglass sure are nice and light. I personally own a LARGE number of these shorter hooks. I have also come to see and be reminded we need to carry and have the longer poles available. The longer poles also can be utilized outside by the driver to take second floor windows.
So go to the warehouse and find the longest one they have and put one them on your RIG. Truck, Engine, Rescue, Whatever works. The buildings that require these style hooks are only going to start burning more frequently as they get older. So give your self options and stop thinking about only the frequent uses and start thinking about the possibilities. I bet my pole is longer than your’s. That is what you should be able to say to the other companies.
Why do we not take more photos? We need more photos hanging in the FIREHOUSES. My Wife has photos of our family hanging on the walls at home. I say we act like we WORK in HOLLYWOOD and show our love for each other. I wish I had more photos of people that are no longer here.
Countyfiretactics is looking for you to send in your company photos for us to post. How about after FIRE PHOTOS, so we can figure out who the DRIVER is.
Does a Smooth-bore cause water damage? Does a FOG on a WIDE FOG push Fire?
WHY are so many FIREFIGHTERS totally against/closed minded towards the SOLID STREAM? I love BOTH!! I like options!! I like to have the chose based on fire conditions and extinguishment needs. SOLID STREAMS/SMOOTH-BORE nozzles have been proven to be very reliable and effective on the fire ground for longer than anyone still involved in fighting fires. So study history and have options!!!!!!! SORRY there is no DEBATE.