|I am currently the training Captain for Thornton Fire Department and was not involved in this actual call. I was tasked to participate/facilitate in the AAR, Mayday Focus Group/Investigation, and conducting training on Lessons Learned for our Fire Department and the region. I have included a YouTube link with events of the call. Pleas contact me by email for more information.
Thornton Fire Rescue experienced a Mayday/near-miss on April 24th, 2018. Crews responded to a report of a structure fire at a two-story, single family dwelling at approximately 1140hrs. Upon arrival, light smoke was noted coming from the eaves and vents of the roof. During primary search operations of the first floor, a firefighter was involved in a floor collapse into the basement of a cold-smoke environment. The firefighter was rescued by an interior crew making their way to the basement to locate the fire. This event did not result in a catastrophic outcome or serious injury. However, through introspective analysis of the event, Thornton Fire Rescue identified several lessons learned and operational changes needed to ensure future success of the Fire Department and the well-being of its members and the community. Attached is a link to a video put together by the TFD training division, in conjunction with the City of Thornton AV department, in an effort to share lessons learned from the Josephine Street Mayday.https://youtu.be/7Io-p4ZwglQ
|-Assume every single family dwelling has a basement
-If ANY inclination of basement involvement, consider “Priority Traffic” during 360.
-Have a TIC during 360
-The IC, (a Captain acting as Battalion Chief at the time), stated having difficult time maintaining control of the incident and at times “felt pressured to make premature assignments” as some initial arriving companies self-deployed and assumed tasks.
-Inconsistent Level 1 staging
-When location of the fire is unknown, a heightened sense of situational awareness should be employed
-Many reported proper floor sounding practices were not observed or utilized secondary to visibility, conditions and the assumption that this was a “no big deal” type of fire.
-Inconsistent and lack of use of a TIC on the interior.
-The Mayday occurred roughly at the same time that the basement involvement was confirmed. Conditions were not rapidly progressing as in many near miss/maydays. The damage had been done with conditions deescalating when crews arrived. This indicates a rapid progression of some crews committing without proper situational awareness, crew expectations and a certain degree of complacency due to conditions.