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May Roundtable: Plan B If A Device Fails

05/18/2009
Plan B This term brings to mind the image of a firefighter, in full bunker gear and SCBA, kneeling in a black smoke-filled hallway in front of a door, mostly closed, to a room rolling in fire with a limp hoseline in his hand--no water. Now what does he do?The old salts would sit around the kitchen table and reminisce of fires long extinguished. They would talk about mistakes they and others made, successes, and close calls. We young bucks would listen intently and learn. We learned what they did when they ran out of water or the line burst. We learned what to do if, suddenly, fire began to roll over our heads. We learned what to do if we lost our footing on a snow-slicked roof and began ...

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