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Trustby Tim Klett, Lieutenant –– FDNY  

Webster’s Dictionary defines trust as: A deep belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability and justice, etc. in another person or thing. Within this definition there are words like confidenceintegrity and reliability which echo the true traditions and values that have been ingrained in the fire service since the first fire brigades of early America.

We must always remember that, in the end, trust is the fuel that runs the engine we passionately call the American Fire Service. Without it, we are simply a ship without a rudder. A ship drifting aimlessly without any clear direction or sense of self. Imagine the confusion, indecision and, most of all, hesitation that would exist on the fireground without trust. It’s important to realize the disastrous effect that any lack of trust would have on our fireground tactics—and ultimately the people we are sworn to protect.

Whether you would conduct this search or you wouldn't is ultimately a decision based on your training, experience, and the on-scene information presented. Either way, you'll only get one shot at it. We hope you're conducting this type of training, it really does make a difference! During your down time make sure to read Mike Lombardo's article "Searching Without a Line" in the April edition of FIRE TRAINING! ‪#‎FDTN‬‪#‎fdtraining‬‪#‎firetraining‬

 

CanSearchMike Lombardo, Commissioner (retired) -- Buffalo, NY, Fire Department

Risk analysis models influence much of the fireground decision making in the fire service today. But at times we are called to go against these models, act against the odds. The results of such actions are sometimes tragic and sometimes successful. Regardless of the outcome, the fire service must remember that we are a human service, and a standard set of rules or guidelines cannot always dictate the actions of firefighters who serve the public.

We were part of the full first-alarm assignment dispatched to a report of a fire on Townsend Street in Buffalo, New York. The assignment consisted of three engine companies, two truck companies, a rescue company, and a battalion chief.

Truck 11 arrived right behind Battalion 3; the fire was only two blocks from the unit’s quarters. It is a single unit stationed only with the chief; it carries no water and was staffed that evening with five firefighters and an officer. On arrival, the fire was observed venting from two doors and two windows on the number 4 side, from the first-floor rear apartment of this two-story wood-frame dwelling.

With very heavy fire venting from every opening on the number 4 side of the building except one and no engine company yet on location, the prudent decision would have been to await the arrival of an engine and the stretching of a line. However, there were also a frantic mother and father screaming that one of their children was not yet out of the apartment.

Battalion Chief Tom McNaughton also relayed to us that a child was indeed inside the building. He requested that we attempt to enter and search for the child.

There were no openings on the number 3 side of the structure, and windows on the number 2 side were immediately inaccessible by security bars (doors to the apartment were on the number 4 side).

Here's a quick look at the training that will be taking place next week at FDTN's National Fireground Training Academy. We'll be conducting our Engine Company Operations I and Truck Company Operations I courses along with our Designing, Constructing, & Operating Container-Based Training Props course.

For those who will be attending we're sure you'll have a great time, for those who can't make it we hope to see you later in the year. Enjoy!

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