With this week’s tragic loss of Battalion Chief Josh Laird in Frederick County, MD, in that basement fire…and while naturally no facts specific to that incident are out yet, we want to make some related training resources available to you and your departments. There are none of us that cannot use more training, ever, so that we can help be prepared for this type of fire-basement fires.
Numerous Subject Matter Experts along with NIOSH have identified basement fires as one of the most dangerous fires we, as Firefighters can operate around or in.
History has shown us that Firefighters are at significant risk of injury or death when fighting fires in basements or floors below-grade level. The increased risk is due to limited entry and egress; working above the fire; weakened floor structures; being caught in the firech’s flow path; unknown fire load; ventilation issues; utility panels, hanging wires, meters, and connections; and appliances.
These risks can (and have) lead to firefighter entrapment from floor collapse and/or disorientation leading to burns and asphyxiation. As identified continuously by Fire Instructors & NIOSH, Firefighters should conduct a complete 360-degree size-up to locate the fire, initially attack the fire externally when possible, and reassess fire conditions prior to conducting interior operations.
As you’ve heard so many times before-we must take the time and train as if our life depends on it, because it does! It is the job & clear responsibility of Chiefs and Company Officers to ensure the training gets done-and never ends.
NO EXCUSES TRAINING RESOURCES:
==Preventing Deaths & Injuries of Firefighters Working at Basement and Below Grade Fires – https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/
docs/wp-solutions/2018-154/ pdfs/2018-154.pdf?id=10.26616/ NIOSHPUB2018154
==ISFSI Basement Fires:
==UL-FSRI/ISFSI Basement Fire Online Course – https://training.fsri.org/
==NIST Wind Driven Basement Fire Traps & Critically Injures Firefighters In Prince George’s County, Maryland
==UL-FSRI/ISFSI Cherry Road DCFD LODD Fire Video https://vimeo.com/
==UL-FSRI Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber in Fire Conditions https://training.
==ISFSI Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires Classroom Course & HOT https://www.isfsi.org/p/
==3rd Annual Howard County, Maryland Nate Flynn Training Day Sessions 1 & 2 https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=HuJCiJII6g4 & https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v= VKcgCy3x2ZU
BE SURE to listen to the below radio traffic from this week’s 5000 sq foot SFD fire that resulted in that tragic Line of Duty Death of Frederick County (MD) Chief Laird.
It is a very clear clip of their fireground channel audio.
PLEASE NOTE: There are several critical transmissions that provide us with very preliminary learning opportunities. This information is shared with you with the deepest respect and strong urgency to reinforce to each of you (Officers & Firefighters) just how critical fireground operations-…everything from water supply to interior operations and so much more, really are. This audio is a real life reality check for everyone on this job.
Frederick County, MD LODD Fireground Radio Traffic 8-12-2021
LISTEN: RADIO TRAFFIC:
(This is a better clip, clearer audio than one previously shared)
Please take time to use this information to educate your members-it matters and there is no greater way to honor those who have suffered in these conditions-than by us learning all we can….and never stop.
Thanks to FFCC’s BrianK for helping pull this critical information together for all of our use. We continue to pray for the family of Chief Laird, and all the Officers & Firefighters who operated at the fire this week, where he gave his life.