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Dash-cam video & radio traffic: House fire in Parker, Texas.

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Video and fireground audio from ParkerFire of a house fire on Tuesday on Audubon Drive in Parker, Texas. Above is the view from Engine 1, first arriving engine company. The picture quality isn’t that good but there is real time radio traffic throughout the lengthy clip. The quality on the clip below is better.

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  • Fire21

    Ya gotta love the mini-castles with their huge setbacks that virtually negate aerial apparatus. But they do provide jobs for those who have yard care businesses.

    As for the firefight, couldn’t really see enough to make any judgements. I know that fire in the attic of these mega-houses does usually spell disaster.

  • Anonymous

    I hear a lot of “on scene waiting assignment”. Why not have pre designated running assignments? Seems like an unnecessary delay to get the first engine some help. Running assignments allow for a faster, more aggressive approach as each unit would know their job as soon as they get there without having to ask…

  • Firetruckenthusy33

    Parker has a real neat channel on You Tube with multi-camera footage from each apparatus. They run a Pierce Engine and a Spartan/ Smeal 75′ Quint with a Spartan/Smeal engine in reserve. Real nice guys down there.

  • 95%er

    any comments on the firefighting?

  • Anacostia County

    Almost 5 minutes after arrival to get the first line charged. That is way to long.

  • Chief 62

    Some observations, you cannot have the company officer on side C on first in, being in command while aggressively trying to attack the fire. Who is managing the fireground while this is going on? That is the reason incoming companies didn’t recieve instructions. With the amount of Chief officers assigning themselves to the response the Captain who was overwhelmed being first in and only apparatus on scene could have devoted all his time to fire attack. Up till I stopped watching at 14 minute mark no transfer or automatic assuming of command was heard by a Chief officer. This seems strange in itself.

    The incoming Mutual Aid companies had an expectation assignments would be given out, its obvious as they asked for such. Not to be critical here, but how and where they staff etc. is unknown. As an Instructor on IMS and IC it is always critical to get the system of supervision established early, operating well and in place asap. It like getting water on the red stuff in an expedient mannner does the same thing with coms, problems go away and life becomes easier all around. Food for thought here, a good PIA of the fire would allow for improvement, clear up the shortcomings and enable better prep for the next one. Stay Safe Gang, wear your PPE correctly, use that round thing on your back completely, live longer and go home.

  • Rudedawg

    The dash cam audio and video depicts the fire service of today. They get a report of a fire “at the roofline” from somebody on scene. They talk about the hydrant man, but yet they ask the next in engine to get the water supply. If you pay close attention, they drive past a hydrant. Why? That “next in” engine could very well get broadsided, get lost, or drive right past the hydrant like the first engine. Why do we have this mentality? If I’m on the engine, and can bring water with me; why wouldn’t I want to do that? I don’t care how big the tank water is. The tank water will NOT put this fire out. Cafs, tank water, and Jesus himself will not put this fire out by what we have heard (radio report in background), or by what we SEE on the way in. Is it because we don’t want to reload that hose? What has occurred in the world to change the tactic of laying a supply line in? What law of physics has changed? What law of hydraulics has changed? Does the second engine bring better water? Let’s look for some videos of the first engine, second engine, third engine, AND the fourth engine laying in lines. Does anybody see the point here?

    • mdff

      Not sure if it was luck or planned as the first in engine did state after their initial report that they had their own hydrant.
      A significant fire together with light weight wood truss construction in the attic that has vented itself is difficult at best to control.A public water supply system helps but the outcome is predictable.

  • commenter

    Fire in the sky would indicate the need to establish a good water supply, however, the key tasks of protecting a search and rescuing victims leads many departments to forgo losing a man at the hydrant and/or time to stop in favor of assigning a later arriving company to methodically check the hydrant and lay hose. This practice presents blocking access to ladder trucks by laying hose across streets. (No, you are not allowed by the manufacturer to drive over 3″ hose. Yes, you can get away with it, just like you can drive over 5″ with a fire truck. Yes, it will cause you to lose supply and occasionally injure people as you catch the couplings in your duals and drag hose. No, it’s not a good practice)

    As for the tactics, impossible to really see. Establish command early, get water on the fire fast, vent, enter, search. Did they do this? Probably not.

    Attic fires are ideal applications of the indirect attack. Enclosed spaces with no life hazard (no one lives there, and no one lives through such a fire). Penetrating nozzles from the outside work excellently, instant sprinklered attic space. I’d like to see what these new PyroLances can do in such a situation. Without aerial access, these tactics would probably have to be part of plan B.

    Attic fires are also excellent for PPA. The advanced conditions preclude operating on the roof. Plan A should be to pressurize the living area and get lines and hooks to the top floor. If the fire can’t be knocked quickly, go to plan B.

  • Anonymous

    First off a PIA for a volunteer department(which this one is) normally isn’t done for residential structures. You never know what staffing your going to get, from your department or mutual aid departments or even the apparatus you can expect. Plans are great but on a large single family home with 30ft ceilings you can’t do much with a engine crew.

    I was personal on this fire and agree completely that the lines took a too long to get out and charged. Command started to make assignments to the first few incoming units from Parker, but as you can see other cities arrived before those assigned units arrived. The officer did hand off command but to a unit not yet there. He had a hard choice, wait outside and assign units as they arrived or make a attack to buy sometime. He tried to get both, but didn’t make the best of either.

    The family was outside and safe, I’ve been told by the guys in that the interior was clear of smoke. They tried pulling ceiling but the height of the rooms made little effect to stop this fire from advancing. The supply issues happened because the quints and trucks were given priority for water from the first hydrant, but other units didn’t lay in as they came so fire attack ceased until aerial ladders and streams were going.

    This was a hard one, but nobody got injured or killed. So its a win, but it shows a lot of holes between our departments cost us time. The response was there just not the initial people putting them in action fast enough.

  • Anonymous

    The front door was a locked iron fortress of a door so the first engine had to change tactics and use a side door which cost some time but not as much if they tried to force entry. It was a tough fire and the outcome most likely was the same no matter what they did.