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Helmet Cam: House Fire in San Bernardino, CA

Video by: San Bernardino Co FFs. Video info: Structure Fire Oxford Ave, #Hesperia.
BC138, ME302, ME301, MA301, MT304, ME314, ME40, BP40, I165
#Local935 #Firefighters with #SBCoFD Personnel performed a safe and aggressive attack on a single story residence.  Crews were met with a fully involved garage extending in the main residence. Initial on scene resources dealt with multiple explosions from two 5 gallon propane tanks on the rear patio and an electrical service drop that was immediately secured by Southern California Edison after it fell from the residence.  Roof construction consisted of lighweight truss and upon arrival of the first in company the decision was made to perform a defensive attack due to partial roof collapse.  As crews obtained knockdown of the fire they transitioned to an offensive mode for mop up and overhaul.   For this reason a Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) was established and maintained throughout the incident.
Due to the continuous service and closest resource concept the incident was handled by units from multiple divisions as well as backfill of stations in the City of Hesperia.
The first due engine arrived within 5 minutes and had #fire knockdown in approximately 30 minutes.  Red Cross was contacted for 6 adults and two children who were displaced.  The fire was confined to the building of origin.  No damage to surrounding homes or structures.  No injuries to the public of fire department personnel.


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  • Shane

    Not impressed. Firefighter did not have SCBA on when he exited the Engine, and it laying on the floor, and crews stretched the attack line under live power lines which eventually came down. Accountability walking around is something new, and should be in a static position.

    • Lane Woolery

      Shane I hate to disappoint you but, that guy probably likes being a firefighter and wants to continue to be one and thus was following his departments seat-belt use policy.

    • Canman

      Shane, many many California Departments have removed SCBA from their cabs altogether to ensure seatbelt policy. A push we shall be seeing soon nationwide I’m afraid. Anyway, It seems this firefighter takes his SCBA out of the compartment and places it next to him on his jump seat for faster deployment

      • Truckie1

        I don’t understand how packing up with a seatbelt is even an issue. All of our guys can do it (yes, even the bigger guys) while buckled and it is never an issue. Seems like an excuse to not wear a seatbelt, which should fall back on the Captain and crew’s shoulders; not anyone elses.

        I’m asking this out of curiosity, not trying to be rude. Are there systems/brackets/whatever that actually physically do not allow firefighters to pack up while seatbelted?

        • Ukfbbuff

          Yes there are

          By design the first generation of fire engines my department purchased 10 years ago has the BA located in a cabinet inside the crew compartment but not behind the firefighters seat.

          Later “generation” models purchased from the same company does have the BA located in the firefighters seat

          To my knowledge San Francisco FD has always had their
          BA’s located in an outside compartment

  • Jeremy Kern

    Hey guys just a few things to clarify. Our standard type one engines have seat mounted BA rear facing jump seats for the firefighters. They can pack up while responding and still maintain a seatbelt. Our captains seat however does not have the BA in them. It is standard practice that when the firefighter gets out of the cab he pulls the Captains pack which is mounted on the back cab wall. As far as the accountability (RIC) issue our normal procedure is to set up an initial stand by crew consisting of two people in order to comply with two in two out. This is typically filled by an ambulance, squad, or the Engineer and FF of the second due engine when that captain assumes command. Our policy is to have a full RIC assigned once resources arrive on scene. Once a RIC group supervisor is established he gains control of the accountability board and begins a 360 evaluation of the structure to determine hazards, entry exits points, softening issues, structural viability, and location and % of fire involvement. As the RIC Gp Sup completes this task the rest of the crew cashes equipment and gets a dedicated RIC line in place. This initial assessment of the incident by RIC is critical for successful operations if a deployment is needed. At this specific incident it was deemed to be a defensive fire and no crews were interior in an IDLH however RIC was maintained and supported a situation status and resource status role for the incident commander. Hope that helps clarify.

  • David Kelly

    Well put Jeremy. It seems there are always nay-sayers. SBCoFD puts out great videos on dept call-outs, and I admire the professional way they produce them. Some may say they are great training videos. I’m from the Riverside/SBDO area and am now a Captain with the West Lakes FD in Wasilla, Alaska. Keep up the good work SBDO

  • Bright

    Does policy dictate an unburned to burned attack or was there no closer means of getting in? It seemed like a long stretch to go to the rear and then go back toward the street?