This morning in Homestead PA and earlier this week in Edgewater, NJ-huge fires kept Firefighters busy. Amongst those incidents, there have been some commentaries that if those fire departments had career Firefighters, the fires might have not gotten so large.
Huh? The light weight wood truss non-sprinklered building had nothing to do with it?
There are numerous arguments on both sides, but the bottom line is that when the public dials 9-1-1, or wait….when YOU dial 9-1-1 for a FIRE….you and they want help now, and the help needs to be trained and qualified-and plenty of it. We have seen well staffed, well lead and well qualified departments on the career and the volunteer side.
We have also seen poorly trained, poorly staffed and poorly lead departments on both sides. Being career doesn’t always mean the best-but being volunteer doesn’t always mean that serving the community for free is what’s best for that community. When there is a fire, people-and your family too, want a timely response with lots of qualified Firefighters to get all the tasks done as quickly, as humanly possible-any sane person understands that.
Obviously the FACTS are not out yet on what caused the fires to get so large-but one thing is for sure-if the buildings were MASONRY and were FULLY SPRINKLERED, there would NOT have been large fires.
HERE is one persons opinion on Career and Volunteer Firefighters…a former FDNY Commissioner:
One resident (below) said it was “deja vue” all over again…since this complex burned 15 years ago. Albert Einstein said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” and when buildings continue to be built this way, they will burn down the same as they did the first time. Duh.