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    Default How would you answer this question?

    In an interview/panel how would you answer this question?

    A girl was last seen screaming out of the window of a burning building. You arrive in the room to find on the floor your fellow firefighter and the girl. They are both in equal condition .( Breathing, heart beat, unconscious) Conditions are getting bad. Do you pull the firefighter or the little girl out of the building?

    I have what I think is the correct answer based on the information presented. But, I was just wondering how others might answer a question like this. I have heard of questions very similar to this situation hitting on the same point.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FireEeyore View Post
    In an interview/panel how would you answer this question?

    A girl was last seen screaming out of the window of a burning building. You arrive in the room to find on the floor your fellow firefighter and the girl. They are both in equal condition .( Breathing, heart beat, unconscious) Conditions are getting bad. Do you pull the firefighter or the little girl out of the building?

    I have what I think is the correct answer based on the information presented. But, I was just wondering how others might answer a question like this. I have heard of questions very similar to this situation hitting on the same point.
    Firefighter. Yes, a little girl dying is tragic, but in the long run, that other firefighter will be saving 10 more lives. Sacrifice some for the good of the rest.

    I've had that question, but in another form: Whom do you save? The firefighter in the kitchen, unconsious, or the grandfather in the upstairs bedroom, unconsious? And you only have time to get to one.

    Grandpa has lived his life, basically.

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    i would save the girl. considering their in equal condition. if anthing the firefighter might have a hire tolerence to over come the smokey conditions . we all know children lung capacity isint as good .

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    I have what I think is the correct answer based on the information presented. But, I was just wondering how others might answer a question like this. I have heard of questions very similar to this situation hitting on the same point.

    If you think you know the answer to this question what is it?

    Most candidates miss the major part of this question. It's one word.

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    I would not even waste a second thinking about the answer - save the girl. The firefighter had the proper training and can hopefully pull through.

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    Well, with these kinds of questions I try not to think TOO much about it.

    My answer most likely would be that I would drag the firefighter out of the building.

    My reasoning would be:

    1. Scene safety including my own personal safety, the safety of my fellow firefighters and the public are important in that order. I have always been taught that I do not run into a hazardous scene to save a life and in the process getting myself or others hurt.

    2. Since the firefighter is wearing protective gear and the girl is not, he is most likely to survive.

    3. I have no idea how long the girl as been there, I do know more about how long the firefighter has been down. ( tank air, PASS device, Time of arrival)


    I could validate the other option ( saving the girl) as well. I could say something like she isn't protected therefore she needs to leave more rapidly. Although, in the end, in an interview, I feel more comfortable with my first answer.

    Another question-- is it ever ok to say that younger people are more worthy than older?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireEeyore View Post
    Well, with these kinds of questions I try not to think TOO much about it.

    My answer most likely would be that I would drag the firefighter out of the building.

    My reasoning would be:

    1. Scene safety including my own personal safety, the safety of my fellow firefighters and the public are important in that order. I have always been taught that I do not run into a hazardous scene to save a life and in the process getting myself or others hurt.

    2. Since the firefighter is wearing protective gear and the girl is not, he is most likely to survive.

    3. I have no idea how long the girl as been there, I do know more about how long the firefighter has been down. ( tank air, PASS device, Time of arrival)


    I could validate the other option ( saving the girl) as well. I could say something like she isn't protected therefore she needs to leave more rapidly. Although, in the end, in an interview, I feel more comfortable with my first answer.

    Another question-- is it ever ok to say that younger people are more worthy than older?
    Time out! My original question was:

    Most candidates miss the major part of this question. The answer stars with one word.

    What is the one word?

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    Is that word "triage" cap bob

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    I have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptBob View Post
    Time out! My original question was:

    Most candidates miss the major part of this question. The answer stars with one word.

    What is the one word?

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    I really dont know the one word.Is this kind of a Where's Waldo. Id say stay consistent with your answer and dont flip flop. But i dont know the Magic Abra Kadabra word.

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    Smile One Word = Both

    The one word clue gave it away. BOTH

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    Smile How would you answer this question

    This is my second time trying to post. Thanks for one word clue.

    BOTH

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    You have all the pieces for this puzzle.
    What do we as firefighters & EMT's do when we arrive on scene?
    Scene size-up.

    What is the one word from an EMT perspective when "rapidly assessing" patients?

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    "Conditions are getting bad"

    Start your answer with safety in mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammerhome View Post
    "Conditions are getting bad"

    Start your answer with safety in mind?
    Safety? Nice try, but nope. ffbam24 is on the right trail. One word.

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    ok still no answere to the question

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    Question Breathing?

    Might the one word be "breathing"? Checking the ABC's is the primary step in triaging patients.

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    Get myself out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badbjd View Post
    Get myself out?

    "breathing"?
    Is that your final answer? Want to call a friend?

    Nope, neither one.
    Last edited by CaptBob; 03-11-2009 at 11:40 AM.

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    I don't know what I was thinking... BOTH!

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