If this technique is performed properly, the ladder will immediately remove and blow into the structure, and away from the operating firefighters, all of the glass and any sashes and window treatments. Although this technique may initially seem dangerous to the trapped victims, consider that the victims are already in a life-and-death situation because of the interior environment created by the fire. Furthermore, this technique becomes acceptable in light of how it extraordinarily decreases risk factors and increases the efficiency of the operating firefighters.
Michael Bricault is an 18-year veteran firefighter serving with the city of Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department and is a nationally certified fire service instructor. Bricault is the author of two firefighting textbooks and numerous articles dealing with residential search and rescue procedures. He is a nationally recognized expert on this topic as well as a frequent speaker and an FDIC presenter.