Live fire exercise 8.11.2014

This has been a peculiar year as we’ve had the opportunity to have two live fire exercises followed by controlled burns of the buildings once we are done exercising. The house this time was a traditional post-war single family home that often has livable areas in the basement and top floor but they could be initially left unfinished.

firefighters and hoselines

We only used the ground floor during our exercise since the second floor was much too open to burn in a controlled fashion. The basement was left untouched due to safety concerns.

Door covered in soot from the fire

firegfighters entering smoky room

I also had a GoPro attached to my helmet, but our first attack (in which I was participating and not photographing) was so hot that my helmet and the GoPro housing took quite a bit of damage. The fact that it was so hot also meant that I got about five seconds of usable footage before the world went dark from smoke. If nothing else, that footage can serve as an excellent example of what the reality of entering a burning building is like when compared to what is seen in movies and TV.

firefighters entering a smoky room

flames in a burning building

Flames from a house fire during a controlled burn

Inside a burning house

Finally got the video from our live fire exercise edited. A more detailed post on lessons learned etc. coming later on. Now back to watching the overtime of Germany vs Algeria…

Smoke and Fire

Sunflare through the smoke generated by a structural fire

Finally got around to start editing the photographs I took during a live fire exercise two weeks ago. This is just a preview ;)

Update: The original image looked good to tired eyes, but later the healing of some major water drops annoyed me and I had to make a new version (which is now the main image). The original image is this one:

Sunflare through the smoke generated by a structural fire