In the video above, a Captain asks bystanders for help in laying supply line by hand around the 3:45 mark. There is more to the story though…. They used to have 4 firefighters on apparatus…now they only run with two. No wonder they needed help.
A Vernon fire captain shouts to a by-stander, “Hey you! Give him a hand”.
His desperation was caught on amateur video Saturday, while he fought an intense house fire Saturday in the North Okanagan town.
The incident is tripping off alarm bells for the fire fighters union.
“It puts us at a huge risk, obviously and obviously the public at a huge risk as well,” says Brent Bond, president of the Vernon Professional Fire Fighters Association.
Video by: Teresa Kennedy. Video info: This fire broke out this morning in downtown Vernon at approximately 10:00 this morning. The location is near the downtown Safeway well known for its rundown houses , some occupied by crack users. Rumour has it that a man was beaten there and returned 2 days later to start the fire. Apparently the tenants occupying the house were forewarned and had left . It is yet to be determined whether anyone was hurt. The paramedics were present.
More video of the fire is below