This is a video of a drill we do. It starts as a VES drill with the firefighter ascending the ladder and then clearing a window. The space is smoked up and the fierfighter enters, starting his search for the door. While he’s searching we throw a rug or piece of plywood ontop of them to demonstrate conditions deteriorating and making them exit fast to the window.
The intent is to force quick recognition to exit and to perform the ladder bail fast. We do this drill after evolutions of just ladder bail practice. This let’s them put their practice into real life type situations and to do it at full speed.
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Here is an excellent video on VES. There are additional techniques for performing VES that are not in the video, but I think these guys did a great job hitting the important factors of VES and the basics.
You must remember that VES must be trained on and it is an assignment, not free lancing. There must be coordination and communication and you can’t be sloppy or slow. Practice and train and expect fire!
Take a look at the pictures and ask a few questions. There are always variables that we don’t know about using a still photograph, but we can put ourselves in that picture and think about what we would do. The idea is to consider different approaches and outcomes and keeping ourselves ready should a similar even occur.
1. Is there tenable space in this structure and if so, where?
2. What are your initial actions?
3. Is search an option? Why or why not?
4. Are there any other considerations for this fire?