07/06/09 122 W - + 8 - 8 That Firefighting Video From France

First found on Firegeezer, this video of French firefighters is making the rounds in the blogosphere. The nearly 10-minute clip, though not continuous, is narrated in English with some commentary by the videographer on the length of time the firefighters take in their methodical size-up and attack. Very interesting footage, and a very different approach than what's done around here. Great fodder for discussion, and you can read perspectives and viewer comments from Firegeezer, Firecritic (neat new blog), and FirefighterNation. Cool seeing those hose reels in action, too. Notice the reel covers have warning stripes. Or click twice on the embedded video to view on YouTube, with its own comments and in a larger format:

You said it best…“VERY different” from how its done here….better?...worse?...there could be arguments on both sides. My preference is obviously gonna be biased..but I’ll take it the way we do it all day long.
Fierro (Email) - 07/06/09 - 19:26

Gotta say that this appears on the surface to be very different than what we do. However, I wonder if anyone has more info on the actual type of fire they were facing. It’s hard to tell in the video, but the smoke appears to be very light and white in color. Not exactly a “fully involved” fire “from the outside” “at this time” :) I would be curious to know the facts on this one. I did notice the lack of personnel in SCBA though off the bat. (again, would like to know more of the facts). Hose roll cart was quite interesting as well…
Mike - 07/06/09 - 22:59

Reminds me of the ol’ Code 2 to Code 3 changeover….looks like a cluster to me. Glad my grandma wasn’t in there and in need of savin’!!
Silver - 07/06/09 - 23:20

I agree that it looks like the operation did not go perfectly but it’s far from the worst operations that I’ve seen so I wouldn’t be feeling too high and mighty. After looking at lots of fire ground videos right here in the good old USA, it appears that more departments than not leave a tremendous amount to be desired. Some of the most common and glaring mistakes I see frequently are:

-Failure to vent properly.
-Failure to vent at all.
-Excessive use of fog nozzles on attack lines at structure fires with the resultant lack of reach and penetration.
-Operation of exterior streams into the structure while firefighters are performing an interior attack.
-Use of smaller than 2.5” lines during defensive operations.
-Taking one’s sweet time on the fire ground while the fire grows worse by the second.
-Failure to place sufficient number of ground ladders for secondary means of egress for interior forces.
-No clue how to place aerial master streams.

Soooo … don’t pump yer chest out too far cause way too many departments have got lots to learn!
Vern (Email) - 07/10/09 - 22:56

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