Below is a link to some of the radio traffic yesterdays multi alarm fire at a nursing home type facility in Spring Valley, Rockland County, N.Y. that took the life of Firefighter Jared Lloyd, 35, of the Spring Valley FD.
As you know, Lloyd died in the Line of Duty at the Evergreen Court Home for Adults fire yesterday in the early morning hours.
Lloyd was a 15-year veteran of the Spring Valley Fire Department and a member of the Columbian Fire Engine Co. No. 1. Lloyd was believed to be on the third floor of the structure when he became lost in the smoke and fire conditions. Rockland County Fire Coordinator Chief Kear said a “mayday” call alerted firefighters to the urgent need of help, but the fire conditions were too intense and drove them back. They spent most of Tuesday searching the debris for him and he was found last evening.
Lloyd was a devoted father of two boys: Darius, 5, and Logan, who turns 6 today.
THOUGHTS ABOUT THE RADIO TRAFFIC:
***PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THESE NOTES***
The audio only begins to touch the surface of the many challenges these Firefighters and Officers faced in managing the many trapped victims, command, control, accountability and several maydays. Be sure to listen to the entire clip as there are various MAYDAY situations, further complicating the job of the incident commander and the members of SVFD and the numerous mutual aid FD’s involved.
As always, use this as an opportunity to learn and apply their conditions and challenges to our own departments as if we were dealing with a similar job vs. just what you are hearing-on what is just the audio of a much bigger picture. This is an opportunity to learn from those going through a horrible time-so perhaps you/we/us don’t have to.
The Spring Valley Fire Department consists of 3 volunteer companies and is Rockland County department “17”. The SVFD is the busiest FD in Rockland County.
The Village of Spring Valley is a very diverse suburb of New York City. The population is around 30,000. The village is next to the New York State Thruway and is 22 miles north of Manhattan and 5 miles north of the New Jersey border.
Here is a link to the radio identifiers that may help you better understand what is being transmitted:
Our hearts go out to everyone involved, especially the family of the Firefighter Lloyd and those involved at the scene.
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RADIO TRAFFIC (Use this as an opportunity to think honestly about how your department would handle a fire such as this)
One of the finest way to honor any Fallen Firefighter is to learn every aspect of the incident. This is a very preliminary start with many, many more facts to follow. Follow the facts-not the opinions.