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by Adam K. Thiel

How might you handle a similar situation?

There is great value in talking about those incidents with successful outcomes

By Adam K. Thiel

I'm sure this video will spark some reader discussion...

From reviewing the clip, this appears to be a well-executed, coordinated, and safe performance of a fairly standard firefighting evolution that we all (should have) learned during basic recruit training and/or in the fire academy.

While this is certainly a difficult scenario to practice, when was the last time you and your crew talked about how you might handle a similar situation?

Were there any other strategic or tactical options available to the incident commander? Do your department's standard operating procedures call for the same (or different) actions?

We often spend a lot of time commenting on incidents where things didn't go well, but there is also great value in talking about those with successful outcomes.

Stay safe!

About the author

With more than two decades in the field, Chief Adam K. Thiel FireRescue1's editorial advisor is an active fire chief in the National Capital Region and a former state fire director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Thiel's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter and rescue diver. He also directly participated in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Isabel.

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