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Raw video: Firefighters rescue man from burning home in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.

Newsworking's Bill Rohrer was on the scene yesterday evening as firefighters from Whitehall, Pennsylvania removed a man from his burning home. WFMZ-TV reports the man is hospitalized but has no word on his condition. Below is Bill's description of the fire:

At 18:10 Lehigh County 911 center received a call reporting a kitchen fire at 4418 Thebes Turn and that her husband ran back inside to get the dogs but never came back out.

Whitehall engines 4, 14, 5, Ladder 6 and Rescue 8 responded. Engine 4 arrives and has a one-story S/F/D with heavy smoke showing. Fire was venting out of the rear kitchen window. One line was stretched and the fire was quickly darkened down.

Crews from 4 and 5 conducted a primary search and came up with one male and removed him out the front door. It took a few minutes for the EMS unit to arrive.

The fire was quickly brought under control and the victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Ladder 6 was under-staffed, so engine 1 responded with it to provide proper manning of the truck.


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  • Oh Lord

    Good job on the grab fellas. Thats what this job is all about. Be safe out there.

  • TommyG

    Guy was a big dude.  Good job guys!

  • mdff

    Great job on the rescue!! His size certainly made the job that much more difficult.
    Don't know this area or how the call was dispatched so I may be out of line, for that I apologize up front. Typically, if there is a report of someone trapped an ALS EMS unit should be dispatched. If you arrive and an EMS unit was not dispatched initially and you have a working incident then an EMS unit should be automatically dispatched. Seemed on this incident it took longer than it should to get him onto a stretcher and on the way to the hospital. Or that is the way the video depicts it.

  • Anonymous

    Way to go.  Several things:
    1.  Stop admiring your work.  The house is still on fire.  Are there more victims?  Is an exposure taking off while everyone skylarks at the victim?
    2. It doesn't take six guys to move a victim, and if you do need to devote that much manpower then use it to it's maximum advantage: MOVE THE VICTIM AWAY FROM THE WORKING LANE or at the bare minimum AWAY FROM THE HOUSE THAT IS ON FIRE.
    3.  And so while it may take six guys to MOVE the victim it doesn't take that many to TREAT the victim.  Put the cops to work and take the other four firefighters who are gawking, put airpacks on them and advance a hoseline, complete the primary search, and establish a water supply.
    4.  I know we all want to give each other a pat on the back for making the grab, but this is a failure of leadership.  Command needs to be able to multitask…make the patient care assignment, make the fire extinguishing assignment, , blah, blah, blah and if they can't then delegate.  It's not like they are short handed.  Watch that video of the Ohio firefighters making due with two guys and contrast it to this. 
    5.  Typical Whitehall video

  • City Chief

    No need to pick this one apart————-Good job guys

  • Sharppointy1

    Terrific save, guys.  Good work!  
    I see the guy feebly moving his arms, and I see no CPR or rescue breathing, so I am guessing he was at least partly concious once out of the house.  I hope the guy makes a full recovery.
    Bill R – thanks for posting this video.  It's interesting to me (a nurse) to see pre hospital care.

  • captain D

    well HAT'S off to that crew and a job well done.

  • ltfd seattle

    Good job on the rescue.
    If you know you have a victim/patient coming out (if the transmission makes it out from the interior) throw a backboard near the entry/exit point- they are cheap, abundant, hard to break, you can walk on them, and they provide you with a quick packaging device that gives you mechanical advantage when trying to move the patient.

  • 30+ on the job

    even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then

  • Naval Firefighter

    Not sure why you feel the need to pick apart the great job the Firefighters from Whitehall did, They Saved the only Victim and they put out the fire what else would you like? Get a Life and stop smacking around the Good Guys!

  • Taylor Jones

    Are none of those guys EMTs or EMRs? I don't think I saw a medical bag anywhere near the patient until the woman (assuming she is a paramedic or on a paramedic truck) walked up carrying the monitor. Getting the patient out of the house is only half the battle (ok, maybe 3/4) but patient care is also an important aspect of making a grab.

  • http://none Officer

    Why don't FF's connect their wastestraps on their SCBA's ?  i see this time and time again, is there a reason for thins, am i missing something ???????????????

    • CHAOS

      Several reasons:
      1.  They didn't pay attention when they were trained on that model of SCBA and how the newer models are designed to put the weight on your hips, not your shoulders, which only works if you use your waist straps.  These aren't the old Scott 2As that were designed to hang off your shoulders.
      2.  Their leadership (if there is any) doesn't bitch-slap them into compliance.
      3.  They've never had a loose strap catch on anything while moving through a fire building.
      4.  Dude….it looks sooooo freaking cool!!

  • RK

    What was so graphic about it?

  • Legeros

    What's graphic about that video? Well, everything and nothing.
    If you're a firefighter sitting in your fire station, it's something you've seen before, and perhaps many times.
    If you're a parent surfing the web with your young kid, and looking at fire trucks in action, then the content might be a bit more distressing.
    If you're the victim's family, and you did a web search on the incident, well… you can take it from there.
    'Tis a respectful clip, in my opinion. But probably worthy of bearing the disclaimer/warning.

  • Fireman

    First off great job guys.  Second and with all due respect to policeofficers everywhere and for the tough job they do, this is not the place for them. WHy is this officer at the front door in the way?  There are clearly enough fire personnel on scene to handle this incident. Again when they are administering aid to the victim the officer is in the way and cuuting ff his shirt. We all have our roles and I think its important to stick to our roles so we dont impede others in theirs. I see this happeniong more and more. Its one thing when there are not enough people, but when there clearly is, officers please step back and do what you are there for, and let us do what is our job.

    • CHAOS

      As someone who has routinely used the term "coptometers" during HazMat training, I understand the way the Po-Po usually gets right up in the middle of things. 
      In this case, there might be a couple of other things to keep in mind.  Yeah, I cringed when I saw the cop pushing hose in the front door.  Two thoughts come to mind.  In an area that depends on volunteer FDs, it's entirely possible that the cop is a vollie.  Secondly, although, as you stated, there were a good number of fire folks around, none of them was jumping right in there to take over his spot.
      As far as the cop helping with patient care, same thing there, he might be a vollie EMS type.  And again, he's doing a lot more than the cooly dressed crowd standing around watching.
      Good job making the grab, folks.  But, this is the same kind of "admiring your work" as we see with Truck crews after they vent the roof.  OK, good job…now, move on, there's plenty of other things to get done.