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Photo: Firefighters bail out of second-story window

With rapidly deteriorating conditions, two firefighters had to bail out

By FireRescue1 Staff

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del. — Photos show firefighters battling a fire at a two-story multi-family dwelling.

While a firefighter from the Odessa Fire Company and another from Townsend Fire Company were advancing a hoseline through a second floor window, conditions quickly deteriorated.

The pair was forced to bail out of the second floor window, according to the Odessa Fire Company.

No injuries were reported.

Photo Odessa Fire Company 

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Les Whalen Les Whalen Monday, January 07, 2013 3:16:51 PM Great RIT placement of escape ladders this is why they are needed on ALL working structure responses-- GREAT JOB guys!
Pedro Juan Torres Pedro Juan Torres Monday, January 07, 2013 4:21:51 PM Firefighter assistant strike team good job
Jeramie Eginoire Jeramie Eginoire Monday, January 07, 2013 4:25:59 PM Looks like the training we just had...yikes.
James Edward Boyle James Edward Boyle Monday, January 07, 2013 5:18:37 PM Great reason to practice FF survival.
Stephanie Alves Kirk Stephanie Alves Kirk Monday, January 07, 2013 5:24:44 PM wow
Wayne Ciaccia Wayne Ciaccia Monday, January 07, 2013 5:39:25 PM Ladders in the right place... Good job!
Danny Gregory Danny Gregory Monday, January 07, 2013 6:40:20 PM Head first ladder bailouts are alot of fun in training... Hope I never find myself in situation to actually need to use it on the fire ground though! Glad they made it out and they were on the ball with means of egress.
Alisha Martorella Smith Alisha Martorella Smith Monday, January 07, 2013 7:06:58 PM What I want to know is why they were advancing an attack line through a window. Windows are for venting/VES. What happened to an aggressive interior attack through the front door and blowing the fire "OUT" of the window.
Joe Romani Joe Romani Monday, January 07, 2013 7:16:02 PM Great job on ladder placement and with tons of extra personnel at the base of the ladder willing to break the fall of the firefighters bailing out.
Tom Kelly Tom Kelly Monday, January 07, 2013 8:11:23 PM This why we train as one unit.
Derek Dozier Derek Dozier Monday, January 07, 2013 8:55:14 PM Great job getting out of there Odessa FD! Your ladder placement is spot on! Your bailout technique looks good too. My only question is unless there was an immediate rescue needed... why not make entry from the uninvolved to the involved? I may be wrong but, this appears to be center hall construction. If this is the case...your going to need PPV inside to keep the hallway tenable. Looks like it in the attic too so ceilings need to be pulled as well. That's going to be hard to do from a ladder outside the building.
Rob Cella Rob Cella Tuesday, January 08, 2013 12:06:01 AM Great ladder placement! Just do me a favor if I bail head first please don't try to catch me half way up the ladder!
Gene Shaner Gene Shaner Tuesday, January 08, 2013 5:57:57 AM This photo was taken by Mike Carroll and submitted courtesy of Odessa Fire Company. I was one of the photographers on scene and the fire fighter did one heck of a job working together. Great Job!
Jeff Sword Jeff Sword Tuesday, January 08, 2013 6:12:47 AM Thr pictures only tell some of the story. This is a two story apartment building with 4 apartments with block walls separating the downstairs. Very limted access to the second floor this was the best options we had to do the necessary task. Everyone onscene did exactly what they were supposed to try to save a brother firemans apartment. The building did not cooperate and we almost lost the entire building.
Jason Duncan Jason Duncan Tuesday, January 08, 2013 7:57:48 AM Not bashing, just asking, why are the lines going through the windows and not through the front door?
Andrew Clemens Andrew Clemens Tuesday, January 08, 2013 8:08:36 AM Perhaps the stairs were compromised in some fashion.
Pete Gravell Pete Gravell Tuesday, January 08, 2013 1:41:32 PM If possible I'd rather take a line up that way then try to wind it up through a stairwell, learned that with a recent 3 Story Apartment building made out of an old house, what a pain in the ass. Wish we had a Truck to connect hose to at the Window on 3rd floor. and go up/down that way.
Billy Gillam Billy Gillam Tuesday, January 08, 2013 2:29:10 PM I agree 100% with you. I know of a VFD, where the Chief has stated that they do not need any ladders, because they have no buildings over 1.5 stories. DUH !
George Mulherin III George Mulherin III Tuesday, January 08, 2013 2:51:35 PM Thank god they are ok! Great work RIT team.
Mike Sanders Mike Sanders Tuesday, January 08, 2013 2:53:04 PM Just a question...More than one firefighter on a ladder at a time? Right or Not right? I get the emergency situation, but the question is in non emergency situations.
Archie Gilbert Archie Gilbert Tuesday, January 08, 2013 3:19:53 PM Firefighters lives saved by good placement of rit ladders and training of the firefighters. Its good to see the hard work in training pay off.
Lou Angeli Lou Angeli Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:45:42 PM Stairs -- what stairs?
Lou Angeli Lou Angeli Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:46:57 PM Gene - never know when a photo will affect so many people in a positive way. You and Mike do a great job of covering lower county. Be safe!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 11:38:30 AM One comment, Who is securing the far ladder with two fire fighters on it?
Katharine Blohm Katharine Blohm Wednesday, January 09, 2013 3:58:19 PM WOW!

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