On Nov. 21, 2009, two firefighters who comprised the interior attack crew from the Wheat Ridge, CO, Fire Department became trapped and initiated a Mayday while operating on the interior of a fire in a single-family dwelling. The Mayday was transmitted in response to an increasing lack of...
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Five entrances are present: two on the south side (garage and front door) two on the north side (door to the garage and door to the north bedroom) and one on the northeast side (second door to the north bedroom). Interior construction was of fair quality and consisted of wood studs with gypsum wallboard walls and ceilings. The floors consisted of carpet or other floor material over concrete slab on grade. Contents of the structure were unremarkable with the exception of the number of exotic pets maintained in aquariums. Contents were consistent with a residential structure of this type and the reported number of occupants.
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WILLIAM GOLDFEDER, EFO, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a 33-year veteran of the fire service. He is a deputy chief with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in Ohio, an ISO Class 2 and CAAS-accredited department. Goldfeder has been a chief officer since 1982, has served on numerous IAFC and NFPA committees, and is a past commissioner with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and is an active writer, speaker and instructor on fire service operational issues. Goldfeder and Gordon Graham host the free and noncommercial firefighter safety and survival website www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com. Goldfeder may be contacted at BillyG@FirefighterCloseCalls.com.