In this video, you can see how the Fire Department of New York attacks an apartment fire on the 4th floor of a six story building that occurred in Brooklyn on Feb. 7, 2012.
Some observations for you to consider as you watch this:
1. How calm Battalion Chief 41 is when he gives a report on fire conditions. His message is concise, clear, and accurate.
2. At 39 seconds into the video, look for the window air conditioner that drops from the street side, 4th floor corner window to the ground
3.At 1:31 into the clip, outside personnel are asking the company advancing the hose line to the 4th floor if they have enough hose. The role of outside personnel is critical in making an attack on a fire in the upper stories of a structure.
4.At 3:30 into the clip, there is confirmation water is flowing to the company on the fire floor and at 3:31 confirmation they have water on the fire. Watch the steam conversion, as flames and smoke pushing through the windows convert to steam as the hose lines are dousing the flames.
5.At 4:37, Battalion 41 confirms they have the fire knocked down and shortly afterwards, directs a report of people on the fire escape to a Ladder company to locate and remove them from the structure.
There were probably 35 to 40 trained firefighters on scene to make this happen in the time it did. NFPA 1710 has staffing recommendations that can help any fire department meet these challenges.Next time some one asks why does it take so many firefighters to attack a fire, you may want to show them this video. This type of apartment building can be found throughout America, not just in New York City.
A tip of the helmet to FDNY and the companies operating Battalion 41 for a job well done.