However, A captain of 32 years or 100 years, you follow the directions of the chief, it's called the chain of command and discipline. I do believe you aren't truly understanding what I am saying. You fight fires based on your training and SOPs. Included in training are your years of experience.
Now just because you have always done something wrong and gotten away with it doesn't make it right. For instance, the guy who drinks and drives for 50 years but never gets caught. He gets away with it, but it isn't right. And that is what I ma saying here, the SOP and the training were flawed. Those are things you fix before the fire. At the scene, they did exactly what their department said they should do, which, doesn't make it right. How about the simple fact they don't follow the OSHA mandated 2 in/ 2 out rule? I suspect there will be fines as a result of that finding.
I hope you can see that there is a difference between what happened the day of the incident vs the training, planning, and preparation for incidents. The latter is where the issue is.