09/02/11 138 W - + 4 - 3 Deep Water Fording

This "oops" video is making the rounds. National Guard vehicles attempt deep-water fording in New Jersey. Things turn bad, but not tragic. The video is shown below, along with an example of "correct" fording. Look around the fire blogs and you'll find discussions, such as this one on Statter911. The incident is also a great starting point for talking about risk, safety, and limits.

There's a ongoing meta-topic in many fire service forums about safety. More and more layers of precaution and awareness have been added to the fireground in recent years/decades. As a speaker at the Baltimore Fire Expo noted-- sorry, but forget whom-- the profession is being increasing influenced and driven by risk management practices. Wear that hat and things look a bit different. Discuss as desired.

Is it really too hard to put the thing in reverse when you realise you can’t actually see where you’re going?
They obviously had the best of intentions, but common sense should have kicked in much sooner.
Paul - 09/02/11 - 10:24

Whoa, wait a minute, Paul! I bet you the driver had a bachelor’s degree, a bunch of certificates, and hardly any experience so common sense is no longer necessary!
Rescue Ranger - 09/02/11 - 22:26

Ahh yes, the tired old cliche of education equals no common sense. Is there some latent resentment? Having read various incident reports over the years I can see that there is a very good reason that educational requirements are strengthening. MS Word’s grammar check isn’t very good and cannot replace a solid grounding in college English and writing. There’s a reason for the “hoops” everyone hated to jump through…
Bob - 09/05/11 - 00:18

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