First-a warning-the video you will be watching is graphic both visually and audibly.
YOU WILL hear and visually witness Firefighters trapped and burning. In very serious trouble. You will see the results of being trapped and burning in a dwelling fire. Thankfully, while severely burned, those involved survived.
You will be reminded and perhaps even jolted into remembering, re-understanding why everyday is a training day. This is the reality of what can happen at a fire.
Much went on at this fire that those involved-and all of us can learn from. And as we often say, don’t worry about what you see here-instead…focus on how YOUR (mine and ours) fire departments would handle this same fire. Watch it a few times, Read the articles and reports. Take notes. A wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn.
HIS JOURNEY FROM MILL CREEK ROAD
On March 14, 2019, at 0836 hours., a house fire was dispatched in New Castle County, DE. The single-family dwelling was built in 1910 and had approximately 2,100 square feet of living space on two floors as well as a large attic and a small basement. The exterior walls were masonry with wood joists and flooring. The interior walls were plaster and lath. Division 1 consisted of four main rooms, two on either side of a main hallway and stairwell. Division 2 had four bedrooms and a bathroom in the center of the front of the house. The stairs continued from the second floor up to the attic. The bedrooms were in each corner of that division.
This working house fire resulted in the very serious injury of a friend of mine, Capt. Dave Smiley, who shares his very personal account with us in the following video. This was a life-changing event for him and for others. We all can learn from his experiences.
==WATCH THE VIDEO:
“IN MY MIND: It Was Do Or Die”
Delaware State Fire School REPORT: “Mill Creek Fire”
Again, don’t worry about what you see here (of course learn from it)…but instead…focus on how you and YOUR department would handle the same fire.
We are very thankful Dave survived and has the courage to share the good, the bad and the ugly of this tough but real world event.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.