What would you use in this situation?
Down here (Australia) we don't tend to have RIT/FAST crews established at incidents, or even have 2 firefighters standing by ready to go in to assist, because "We don't lose firefighters at structure fires" apparently. One dept (QFRS) is doing something, but apart from that I'm not aware of any other dept that does. If I'm really lucky I can convince the I/C to have two FF's standing around looking bored with sets on their backs but no tools organised or anything like that.
I'm trying to get a FAST system established at structure fires, using the softly softly gently gently crawl before they walk aproach. My question is if I can get two firefighters standing by as a FAST crew, what tools/equipment would you suggest that they carry if deployed out of the following that are available -
Flat head Axe
10lb DryChem extinguisher
that's about all we have available on our pumpers that would be of any use. We don't have TIC's or anything else like that, or saws or carry bags etc. I'm probably not going to be able to get them to spend any money on anything (we don't lose firefighters remember?) so it's going to be a case of doing the best with what we have already available.
Many of our structure fires are single story, single family houses, construction varies, older ones have wooden weatherboards on the outside walls, later ones are brick outside walls. Most normally have wood truss roofs of some sort. We also get quite a few fires in single story housing unit blocks as well, which generally have flat roofs. Almost all interior walls are vertical wooden stud with a plaster covering.
What would you suggest the crew of two take with them if deployed to extricate one or more firefighters?