when a firefighter is entering a residential building, and they see a decal/sticker that says "petfinder" or whatever it might be, are they taken into consideration? what goes through a firefighters mind when they see that...
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02-27-2006, 08:15 PM #1
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02-27-2006, 09:47 PM #2Originally Posted by mikie333
Are these the people that put the original decal up?
Are the kids even home?
If they are home, are they in that room?
Is that now a storage room, sewing room, etc?
Did the pets get out on their own?
So, rather that go thru all of those questions, conduct a primary search.Buckle Up, Slow Down, Arrive Alive
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02-27-2006, 09:55 PM #3
I have no faith in "totfinder" or "petfinder" stickers.
My department does not issue totfinders for a few reasons...
1. It gives people a false sense of security. The sticker does not substitute for working smoke detectors or a good home escape plan.
2. When the tots grow up and move out, the stickers tend to remain in place.
What appears to be a child's bedroom is now a home office or craft room.
3. Totfinders are to pedophiles what a target is to a sharpshooter.
As far as pets... they are usually a hell of a lot smarter than the humans in the house. They react faster to smoke and fire than the humans do ( jhow many stories have you heard about the family dog or cat waking the family when they forgot to change the battery in the smoke detector?).
Sometimes the "pets" are mice, hamsters, fish, birds, turtles or reptiles.. if smoke conditons cause humans to cough and gag and pass out, the levels for these critters is usually fatal.
Human life comes first, if we come across a pet, we will bring it out."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
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