Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

Finding Last-Chance Anchors Inside Structures

Issue 09 and Volume 173.

By Jeremy Rifflard Three of the worst days in my fire service career were when I lost fellow firefighters from off-duty traumatic circumstances. Those days were filled with sadness, anger, and heartache. They were extremely difficult to cope with. It is especially distressful for department members when on-duty firefighters make a choice to bail out of an upper floor of a building in lieu of being burned. Sadly, this has happened more than once. The Incident On October 2, 2009, smoke and fire were pushing out the front (A) side of a three-story apartment fire in Yonkers, New York. Fire crews stretched lines and attacked the fire on the first floor. In quick manner, the attack crews announced the fire was knocked down and teams were checking for extension. Yonkers Fire Department Rescue 1 arrived with four personnel. Their assignment was to search the structure for possible persons trapped on…

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