Mon, 8 Feb 2010|
Chief Bobby Halton discusses the major stories of the week, including the crash of a military jet in a residential San Diego neighborhood.
-- Bobby -- editor in chief of fire engineering magazine. And welcome to fire engineering as we can review. We started off with a tragic aircraft incident in San Diego California. An F eighteen. USS Abraham Lincoln tragically experienced engine failure as it approached the Miramar naval service. The plane went down. The pilot fortunately was able to reject however the aircraft slammed into the ground. And exploded two homes into flames. Tragically -- for lost their lives. Responders were able to arrive quickly. And battle the flames and save the adjoining homes now twenty homes had to be evacuated to the smoke and flames and the fumes from the JP fuel. Responders need to be acutely aware of what to do when a military aircraft has a problem. You don't need to be living near Miramar or another large naval -- -- -- or any air station. Military aircraft use all of the available US airspace routinely. Now these aircraft carrier ordinance which is military speak for weapons munitions. And tools that -- military uses to. Do their jobs. We need to be able do our jobs yet vacation of the time potentially trapped victims and such needs to be handled very delicately in these situations. Knowing what to do is the firefighters' job. The best bet is to contact a military base near your particular fire department. Asked them for training they'll be happy to give it to you. Knowing what to do is the hallmark of a professional. -- fire engineering if you go to archive section you'll see that we have several articles on what to do in -- military aircraft cannot crash as well us some training drills for your department. Please take advantage of these free materials. And remember he prepared. Detroit was in the news this week with. Two separate incidents one involving a fire in an abandoned school building. We're firefighters responding found a homeless gentleman -- stealing copper wire. Who -- to sell the wire he was burning off the rubber jackets. The resulting fumes. Highly toxic. -- six Detroit firefighters to local area hospitals. Stealing copper has long been a problem and most major American cities. With the economic downturns we might expect to see more of this. Abandoned buildings in particular are havens for homeless people and people who are doing illegal activities. When you take particular concern but we -- the structures. And at the -- -- whiff of any type of smoke. On -- SE BA is a respiratory protection. And proceed as if we had a full blown structure fire that we were responding to the Detroit firefighters are all expected. To recover fully. However remember that much of the smoke today is highly toxic and we can't underestimate the potential. For cancers that might show up to 34. Or maybe ten years later as a result of this toxic exposure. Also in the news and Detroit was a variation editorial which we've posted. -- -- local columnist who's calling for greater scrutiny of how the Detroit fire department is funded and staffed after the tragic death. The -- fire -- and abandoned building two weeks earlier. A firefighter while responding to an abandoned structure. Fell through the roof and tragically lost his life. This reporter is taking a very -- intact. One that we have been taking for many years regardless of what's happening within -- city we need to remember that what makes city's great. -- good public protection. An excellent public safety. -- service is probably 90%. Of that public safety. This is the type of work we need to encourage this the type of position we need to encourage well staffed and well trained fire departments. Are the answer. The -- and roll fire department aided by the Annapolis fire department had a unique problem to deal with -- their first do. Some secluded homes started fire. Now the Holmes and it up a total loss resulting in two million dollars worth of damage. Residents were concerned that the fire department took a long time to respond. A new fire station is planned for the area. But it's not yet opened the firefighters also encountered a problem with water supply. As is often the problem in these large homes and secluded heavily wooded areas. We need to remember that while -- firefighting. Tactics and procedures. Are important not just war for oil fires in California. And -- southwest and western parts of the United States. But equally important for -- northeastern part apartments but have these large homes and secluded areas. The fire was put out. Carefully and no firefighters were injured and there was no loss of life so from firefighting perspective. Job well done in -- and county. Firefighters in Las Cruces, New Mexico were aided by the quick arrival of the first arriving firefighter. An apartment complex fire this week. That firefighter a sprinkler head. The sprinkler activated when a resident left oil on the stove. And resulting fire occurred the sprinkler head quickly extinguished the fire. Firefighters were able to contain it completely to that one apartment. This is a very important fire for us. As we continue. The battle to keep residential sprinklers in the forefront of our code activities. Recently the ICC just yesterday. Upheld the recent vote in Minneapolis regarding. The sprinkler ordinance which was just passed for residential homes. This is a major step forward for the American fire service and this fire in Las Cruces, New Mexico proves the point. A final story this week brings us -- High Point, North Carolina where firefighters working and automobile accident. Which truck by a motorist -- was distracted by the actual work of the fire department. Now for months we've been talking about years we've been talking about wearing vests and position our apparatus to minimize. The potential of being struck while operating. All of this being said -- all of this being done does not mean where ever 100% say we need to consider the highway as an -- -- environment. That's one that's immediately dangerous to your life and health. While protecting the public we need to remember that we need to protect ourselves as well. Please study the DOT guidelines for how to position your apparatus. Also where earlier protective equipment and like the scene as best you can. Local police -- -- -- but if they're not available take every precaution you can to make sure that you're as safe as possible while operating on the side of the highway. The firefighter who was struck -- have a severe knee injury but he's expected to recover fully remember protect yourself out there. You are most important asset so be careful all the time be alert all the time when operating on -- side of the highway. This is Bobby -- -- fire injuries we can review. Be careful out there.