When it comes to overhaul and checking for extension, err on the side of caution, writes Danny Sheridan.
In this Training Minutes video, Mike Ciampo has energy-saving tips to help firefighters pull ceiling and make inspection holes.
FDNY Lt. Mike Ciampo discusses a method for more efficient overhaul operations.
Overhaul is not the glamour side of firefighting, but it is a critical operation to prevent extension and rekindles. Daniel Sheridan shares some overhaul stories from New York fire incidents and discusses how to balance being thorough and being professional.
There's nothing like a rekindle to ruin a fire officer's day. It's more than the damaged pride or embarrassment. There can be liability implications as well. The officer who makes the final determination that a fire is completely extinguished and allows a family to reoccupy its home bears an enormous responsibility for that family's safety.
Let’s face it, rekindle is a dirty word in the fire service. Chief officers would rather have it called a flare-up or a hot spot that broke out again. Whatever you call it, rekindles do occur. If a working fire quickly knocked down could be called a chief officer’s heaven, then a rekindle would be labeled his hell.
Overhauling—a tedious job at best—is a vital step in fire fighting. Yet, unless it is done thoroughly, we may wind up with a rekindle. Of course, a good overhaul takes time, hut it saves time in the long run. Sometimes there is a pressing need for volunteers to return to their jobs and this sometimes leads to haste in leaving the foreground.