Fireground Safety, Structural Firefighting

Early Morning Near Miss with Potentially Explosive Findings

Issue 2 and Volume 172.

WBy Dillon L. Dextradeur On August 8, 2018, the Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department (VBFD) encountered a near miss while operating at a residential structure fire. The fire occurred in the Arrowhead section of the city primarily known for its quiet bedroom-style community. The homes were built in the early 1960s and are typically around 2,000 square feet. This particular house was a two-story, single-family home with an attached garage and a fenced-in backyard. (1) Virginia Beach EMS provided care to a German shepherd rescued from the first floor during the primary search. [Photo courtesy of Virginia Beach (VA) EMS.] Chronology 07:21:25: The Virginia Beach communications center notified Battalion (B) 5, Engine (E) 9, E7, E10, Norfolk E4 (automatic aid from a bordering city), Ladder (L) 7, Rescue (R) 2, and Ambulance (A) 923 of a residential fire at 5704 Paiute Road. Further updates stated, “Complainant sees smoke pouring out…

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