A second crew was sent in to suppress stubborn fire inside the south wall. A ceiling collapse inside pinned 2 members momentarily. This was directly in the area that our crew had been standing. Upon collapse, the BC requested a status report. It was reported no members were injured and they were exiting.
Less than five minutes later, a firefighter operating a hose line on a ladder to roof line fell 20 feet due to nozzle reaction that made the ladder unstable. The ladder was not being sufficiently "footed" at the time. The firefighter was transported to hospital w/ non-serious injuries.
Do not go into unstable buildings. Conduct thorough evaluation of structure before following orders from another jurisdiction. Aggressively foot all ladders when personnel (Reviewer added) Immediately report any signs of collapse or instability to the Incident Commander and others operating on the fire ground.
Department type: Combination, Mostly paid
Job or rank: Fire Fighter
Department shift: 12 hour days, 12 hour nights
Age: 34 - 42
Years of fire service experience: 7 - 10
Region: FEMA Region V
Event type: Fire emergency event: structure fire, vehicle fire, wildland fire, etc.
Event date and time: 09/13/2006 03:30
Hours into the shift: 5 - 8
Event participation: Involved in the event
Do you think this will happen again? Yes
What do you believe caused the event?
- Decision Making
- Decision Making
What do you believe is the loss potential?
- Life threatening injury
- Lost time injury
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