02/10/13 79 W - + 2 - 5 Hammer Time or Think Before You Break Down That Door

Found in this posting on Statter911. Garage/workshop burning on one end. Police officers hammer door on the other end (and off camera). Fire conditions [appear to] immediately change. Good visual lesson on the perils of opening or breaking or smashing doors (or windows). The officers were certainly trying to be helpful. Optional additional discussion topic, what does this video demonstrate in general about ventilation at fires?

There are some who will no doubt be critical of the action the Police took. However, given that there might be a life hazard, did the Officer have much of a choice. Then again, I believe that it is a simple matter of education. If we educate others in the Emergency Services biz what to do and what not to do, this might have had a different outcome. Police should ride with Firefighters, Firefighters should ride with Police and EMS should ride with both as well. Make sure Dispatchers get in there, and we would all have a greater understanding of what we all do. Does that sound like sitting around a campfire singing Kumbaya? Maybe. But then again, understanding can lead to cooperation. And that hurts no one. Just sayin’.
Jonny - 02/10/13 - 23:46

I’ll hate on that officer. All he did was create a flow path. Yes that fire was going good, but would it have made that walk across that top floor with that angry pushing smoke as quickly I don’t think so. Yes that cop was going to end up as 1 of 2 things when he decided to force that door. If he saves a life he’s a hero but if all he did was help spread the fire then he was a zero.
Mike - 02/11/13 - 21:38

I’m not gonna hate on the officer at all. He was trying to help and it could have been a neighbor doing the same exact thing. They have a job to do as well as us. More than likely nobody would have been alive on that second floor due to heat and smoke conditions. Did help matters for the responding engine company….. no but at least they had lines flowing quickly unlike a lot of videos we watch.
BamBam - 02/11/13 - 22:15

As was stated in the blog plog about the RPD officer that kicked in the doors over off Western Blvd. there needs to be some education of our police officers even if just a 4 hr upgrade that covers an overview of fireground operations but more importantly if you encounter a situation what should you do. Ok so he wanted to be like his heroes I mean he wanted to be a fireman, then be a smart fireman. Just like when we VES a room, he should have closed the door he just forced the best he could have. That would have reduced or potentially reduced the fire spread by controlling the ventilation opening.
Mike - 02/12/13 - 20:26

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