Thread: What would you do?
06-13-2011, 12:36 AM #1
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- Poconos, Pa
What would you do?
You're driving down a road..in a rural but populated (a lot of gated communities, but still in the sticks),a well used road with residential structures on both sides..you see a house with detached 2 car garage..with a small amount of smoke which appears to be coming from the side of the garage..on your way back home 10 minutes later..you see large amounts of smoke showing, no clear signs of people in the yard..or the general area..however, there is a vehicle in the driveway..
Enter the property and investigate..and then act accordingly..
Call 911 immediately..
Go to a fire dept officers house nearby to report whats going on and receive guidance..
after realizing that your dept officer was not home..just continue home..
after realizing your dept officer was home..call 911..
long story short..I assumed that the garage was on fire, and that the person either was in the home and didn't know, or was in the garage possibly trapped..I drove to my asst chief's house which was about 2 blocks down the street but he wasn't home..ended up calling 911..just didn't want to do nothing. It ended up being someone burning crap in a barrel that was really close to the garage, which with the wind and amount of smoke gave me reason to think the garage was on fire..
just feel like an idiot..
06-13-2011, 12:39 AM #2
Stop, identify that you're with the fire department, and in a friendly manner tell the people that from the street it looked like their house might have been on fire because of all of the smoke, and you wanted to make sure that everything was okay. Two minutes of your time taken, and no harm done.Career Fire Captain
Volunteer Chief Officer
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06-13-2011, 01:34 AM #3
FM1I'm the one Fire and Rescue calls, when they need to be Rescued.
Originally Posted by EastKyFF
06-13-2011, 01:48 AM #4
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06-13-2011, 03:16 AM #5
06-13-2011, 07:29 AM #6
06-13-2011, 10:43 AM #7
Our county has a "policy" that all open air burning requires a "burn permit" which simply consist of J. Q. Citizen calling a # and giving our dispatchers their name & address and telling them that they will be burning today.
So the only thing I may have done differently from what Box posted would be to call dispatch by phone or radio and ask if they had any burn permits for that address or in that area. If not, then same as above - also inform citizen of burn permit procedures for future reference and advise dispatch to log a permit for that address.
I have also been known to stop in these situations and advise the citizen when there was a burn ban in effect. As much as we try to get the word out on burn permit procedure & when bans are in place, sometimes people just don't know.
As long as you approach things calmly & professionally they are usually very receptive, appreciative, and apologetic.Take Care - Stay Safe - God Bless
06-13-2011, 10:44 AM #8
and, If it is on fire, call 9-1-1 and report it. Don't waste your time trying to hunt down the fire chief who lives close by.
The fire isn't going to wait for you to drive all around.
I've called in alarms on houses which appeared to be on fire from the amount of smoke issuing from the rear, only to find out the idiot was burning leaves. Which is against the law, at any time.Stay Safe and Well Out There....
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06-13-2011, 11:55 AM #9I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.
"The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."
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06-13-2011, 01:30 PM #10
06-13-2011, 02:08 PM #11
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- Poconos, Pa
I didn't have my cell phone on me..only reason why I didn't do it myself...
06-13-2011, 04:06 PM #12
I have seen this happen a lot, people around here burning yard debris, and like N2D said, in this state you have to have a burn permit, so I will usually just call Dispatch and ask about it, if there isn't a burn permit, then the Big Red Truck comes to visit if it turns out to be a structure fire, then I'll end up back there.Brian Irey
My comments are mine and mine alone - they do not represent any thoughts or views of my department or anyone else
06-13-2011, 05:18 PM #13
06-13-2011, 05:48 PM #14
i call BS. You know damn well you could have used the smoke from the burning trash to signal dispatch."I was always taught..." Four words impacting fire service education in the most negative of ways. -Bill Carey
06-13-2011, 06:11 PM #15
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