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Early video: Fire in multiple garages. LAFD takes over from man with green line.

From Pleasant Street in Boyle Heights, a fire around 3:00 Saturday morning. The crew from Los Angeles Fire Department Engine 2 takes over from a neighbor with a garden hose. I am sure some of you will tell me if he hadn't used a fog nozzle on the green line (or more likely his thumb) he would have had this one knocked. More reason why I am still looking for grant money for my Firefighting Operations with Garden Hoses training.

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  • http://lafdpso-b.blogspot.com Brian Humphrey

    Dave, 
    Thanks for sharing the video. We're pleased to report it was merely a row of detached garages burning and was extinguished without injury 14 minutes after the first call was received at the LAFD dispatch center. 
    Though there are indeed lessons to be learned from any fire (including when not to use a garden hose), the fire did not escalate to the level of mention on the LAFD News & Information blog. 
    Thanks as always, for your many efforts in keeping firefighters and those serve informed and educated
     
    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service, 
     
    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department
     
    LAFD.ORG
     

    • dave statter

      As always, thanks Brian. It looked like they hustled the guy on the green line out of there pretty quickly.

      Dave

  • FireGears

    TOO FUNNY.!!
    A major amount of fire showing over a large area…
    We are ready to condemn the guy with the "green-line" 
    YET …. the first due Engine brings an 1.75" pre-connect.!!!!
    Looks like the "professionals" should have shown the locals
    how it SHOULD have be done…  With a Duece and a-half.!!!!
    REAL Firemen use BIG Water on Big Fire..  :-)

    • dave statter

      For the record, no one is condeming the guy with the green line. Just my twisted sense of humor.

      Statter

  • http://legeros.com/blog Legeros

    Dave, I hope you are planning a demonstration of green line operations during your Expo appearance in Baltimore. I'll bring my camera!

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheFrontSeat Dave LeBlanc

    I am thinking you need to include "proper technique" in your Green Line Operations policy and procedure.  Clearly the thumb over the end of the hose was not the proper approach method.  Although it did appear that he had "weak stream" so maybe he was trying to add some pressure.
     

    • http://legeros.com/blog Legeros

      Other Dave, I think I've seen TV ads about curing weak streams. Maybe it's a widespread problem. Sounds like a call to action for Dave #1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheFrontSeat Dave LeBlanc

    Legeros,
    Weak stream and urges……..seems like we have found the cause of the green line phenomenom.  Dave can add the perscription recommendation to his SOP and hopefully that will lead to avoiding this much to common problem…..

    • dave statter

      Which is quite ironic considering it does take some balls to attack a fire like that with such a small tool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheFrontSeat Dave LeBlanc

    Which is another part of your SOP mission Dave, it isn't the tool size, but how you use it.

    • dave statter

      You see David, this is why a man with your experience should be doing this and not an amateur like me.