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Video above from hommyg15 of a house fire Saturday on Thauberger Road in Edgewater, Regina, Saskatchewan.

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  • John

    Fire building is a write off from the start. As a company officer, I’m doing a forward lay from the hydrant and hitting it with the deck gun, while the engineer hooks up and a handline gets pulled for the exposure.

  • slackjawedyokel

    I see the vandalism / disabling of deck guns has crossed the border now.

  • bigjim

    I think the deal is that the responding companies did not have the benefit of watching this video before they arrived, so they weren’t sure if it was a working fire. It took a staffed engine 4:38 to start water and 5:50 to charge the supply line from a hydrant 100′ away. After they watch the video they will figure it out.

  • Mack Seagrave

    Yet another fire department whose leadership has apparently never emphasized the importance of knowing how to get big water onto a big fire in an expeditious manner. At the end of the day, these folks will have felt that they worked hard, but due to their lack of purpose there was no reward. Basics folks. Drop the supply line and hydrant man with necessary tools at the hydrant and lay to the point of operation. Pump operator set rig in pumps while 3rd member directs pre-piped deck gun at main body of fire. Supply gun with tank water, darkening down main body of fire while pump operator breaks supply line and connects to pumper, then signals hydrant man to charge the line. Hydrant man returns to pumper (his only journey from hydrant to pumper) and starts stretching a hand line to point of operation where most needed. The home appears to have been built to rapidly disintegrate upon ignition, but extinguishing the fire protects the surrounding properties. This was really a poorly orchestrated operation, very embarrassing and inexcusable.

  • http://burnedoutmedic.com Burned-Out Medic

    “John? Hey, man! Heh heh…”

  • Tommy the Keg

    Laying a supply line is just about the most basic fire ground skill there is. It’s the first thing we teach the new guys. Do it over and over until you get it right.
    So why, time and again on these videos, does it seem so god-damn difficult? Pass the hydrant. Run back to it. Run back ad forth from the rig to the hydrant. Can’t break the coupling. Can’t measure the length needed to the intake. Kinks.
    Training, training, training.

  • Fire21

    Welcome to the world of lightweight construction. Sometimes it’s cool to pull up and all you have to worry about is exposure protection. But in this case, I think their biggest worry was “When am I gonna get some water?”

  • Chris

    Air brake engaged at 00:45. 110′ from hydrant, why would you stop to lay a line, it’s only 110′, so while one pulls line back to hydrant, 2 can pull needed hand lines. Apparently no one else noticed that the PO had a hard time getting pump in gear. Could have been a mechanical problem with unit or even some freezing in pump (you know, it’s kinda cold in Saskatchewan this time of year), but after 3 attempts, pump went in gear. The hand line was ready to charge in 1 min 35 sec. but due to pump not being engaged, hand line doesn’t get charged for another 1 min 54 sec. Water was on fire at 04:37 or 3 mins 52 sec. That’s no where near as bad as I have seen in many other videos where there were no mechanical problems getting pump in gear. After video moves toward Delta/Charlie, it looks like the FF’s had actually pulled 2 hand lines on Alpha before getting water. After issues getting storz coupling undone and having to retrieve hydrant wrench, supply line charged at 05:41. That, I agree, was too long considering hydrant was so close, but with locking storz, if the locks are on opposite sides, coupling gaskets are tight or if they were partially frozen, it can take much longer to unhook, especially with one person. Oh, almost forgot about deck gun use. Where exactly does anyone see a deck gun mounted on the engine. That’s right, THEY DON’T HAVE ONE! Not sure about their ops, but it would be my guess that with the severe cold weather conditions in their part of the world, use of a top mount deck gun would cause more problems than good with frozen plumbing, drains, etc. As far as big fire/big water, to some degree yes, but this looks like a structure of less than 2000 sqft (that’s gone anyway), basically exposure protection with 1 or 2 lines and 1 hand line properly used for main fire. Even after 10 minutes, there were only 8 personnel total on scene. Sometimes, two or three small lines can do just as good when used properly and they are much more maneuverable with just one FF. I agree about lightweight construction. It’s garbage and can make any FD look like crap. I think they need some training on supply line times and making sure couplings/locks are lined up for ease of separation, but over all, it wasn’t nearly as bad as most on the videos I see on this sight.

  • Anastasia Sheniloff

    Where is this house fire at? IS it in Ocean City or where? It looks so intense and the house is half way burned down. Poor owners.

  • Bronwen K. Williams

    From the front, it looks like a finished house, yet when the videographer goes around to the back, it looks like a house under construction? What’s up with that? Was it only partly built?? Looks to be in an area where other nearby houses are still under construction.

  • bigjim

    Mr. Chris: At :28 or so you can clearly see the rear, top mounted deck gun as the rig goes by. Very good chnace the monitor is remote controlled. Drop the line, drive the the front of the building and whack it it with the monitor. I don’t know what other tactics would be appropriate. Small lines do not equal the knockdown power of a monitor. I also do not agree that these guys are not familiar with cold weather operations. I bet this isn’t their first cold weather fire. Draining a top mount deck gun is easy, they just use an automatic drain.

    • Chris

      My bust. Didn’t see the gun until you said something. Wouldn’t think to look there since they are usually in the dunnage area over a midship pump. Makes sense since plumbing panel is in rear compartment.