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

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptBob View Post
    Is that your final answer? Want to call a friend?

    Nope, neither one.
    I'm thinking triage and airway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by evanbell View Post
    I'm thinking triage and airway...
    Bingo, triage!

    Most departments have a two in two out policy with a RIC team in place before entry. You can deviate from this policy if you strongly believe the situation requires a rescue. Yes, you can have a radio and call for the RIC team. The panel will probably take that option away from you. So, you give the answer you would bring out your buddy and they come back with how do you explain to the family why you didnít bring out their loved one? If you brought out the citizen, how do you explain why you didnít bring out your buddy?

    This question can place you in a no win situation. It has been drilled into our heads that we take care of our own first. Always. You would be hard pressed to not take your buddy out first. Is this what theyíre looking for? Are you taking the bait? Could they be looking for something else?

    The following candidate faced the same situation:

    Captain Bob, Just recently though I was testing at a department and I got called back for an oral board, and I went in confident. The oral board did not surprise me with any questions and I was well prepared until........ The second to last question they asked me. The question was you are in a fully involved fire and your partner and an infant are both down, they are both right next to you and you can only grab one which one do you grab and why? I remembered your steps to answering a question and I asked the oral board after thinking over it for a moment some questions of my own, but I was still stumped as to the answer I should have given them I was just wondering what they were looking for in this particulars question. Thanks Stan

    Reply: What was your answer first?

    Stan: Well, first I asked if I knew where both of them were located, then I asked if there was anyway possible in all my power to save both of them, then I said I would take the firefighter because if anything goes wrong in a fire with you and your partner you are suppose to get out immediately. Then after that they told me when you get out of the building you see the infants family and what do you say to them. So I said that I would say I was sorry for what happened and explain the situation the best way I was able under the circumstances. Then they told me that next the media approaches me and what do you say to them. So I said that I would given the circumstances of what I had just been through I would have another officer speak to them because now just wasn't a good time.

    Reply: Like most candidates you took the bait on saving your partner. What would
    you do now?

    Stan: Save the infant now, but don't I face the same scenario with my partner's family, as well as the department and the media, from how I am seeing it, it seems like a lose lose situation. The question seems like they want to see how you think and that there is no right answer am I right?

    Reply: Wrong! You are missing the whole point here. There is one word from your EMT training that is the key to what you would do?

    Stan: Could it be TRIAGE?

    Reply: Bingo! Now what is your answer?

    I would be surprised if there were not more opinions on this one. If you are answering this question with bringing your buddy out first and youíre failing the oral, you might consider a different approach of starting triage first then take the appropriate action. What if you started triage and the panel told you one or the other was breathless and pulse less?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptBob View Post
    Bingo, triage!

    I would be surprised if there were not more opinions on this one. If you are answering this question with bringing your buddy out first and youíre failing the oral, you might consider a different approach of starting triage first then take the appropriate action. What if you started triage and the panel told you one or the other was breathless and pulse less?
    Breathless and pulse less gets a black tag in triage anyways...so you'd pull the one that has the better chance of living, ie the other patient. However, in this case, the were both triaged as having pulses, breathing and uncon. so based on those basic assessments, they are both triaged the same. So again...it's a lose, lose situation according to your analogy of using triage. If they are both triaged exactly the same, then I would say you pull the firefighter.
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    Is this a serious question asked to canidates? This question helps determine wether or not a person gets a job or not?

    How can one even begin to claim there is a correct answer that is better than all others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED View Post
    Is this a serious question asked to canidates? This question helps determine wether or not a person gets a job or not?

    How can one even begin to claim there is a correct answer that is better than all others?

    FTM-PTB
    Exactly...
    It all depends on what the department "wants." You could answer this either way and get the question right as long as you ask questions to get to what they want
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