Interior Firefighting - A History Lesson for ADSN/WFLD
'Paul, correct me if I'm wrong but it is my understanding that firefighters in England and much of Europe attack fires from outside of the building. The brothers on the other side of the pond are not a tenth as aggressive as firefighters in the USA. When the palace had its fire, we saw a lot of companies spraying water through the windows. It didn't look like many lines were being operated from inside.
If you practice aggressive firefighting then the direct attack is the way to go'.
Ok.....Without intending to offend anyone......a history lesson!
1) London & Edinburgh (Scotland) Fire Brigades were the first in the world to initiate interior firefighting following their own innovative inventions of self contained breathing apparatus at a time when US fire services were still organising.
2) Accountability systems for the control of interior firefighting operations (recently becoming popular in the USA) were first brought into use by London Fire Brigade following the loss of several firefighters lives in the 1950s.
3) The 'Two-in/Two out' buddy system was introduced by european fire services in the 1940s and has only just recently been legislated in USA.
4) The use of RIT teams is something the USA has also taken from european strategy - practiced in UK since the early 1970s but perhaps better operated by the Swedes who utilise an RIT every time crews are committed for interior operations.
5) I suppose ADSN is referring to the Windsor fire...........not a Palace but a genuine castle! Has he ever fought a fire in a castle himself? Try venting any structure with 9 foot thick walls and roof.......tell me about it!!!