There are Skills that cannot be taught. Are they hereditary, or naturally occurring? Is it instinct or conditioning? Being in the Right Place at the Right Time really helps. Training for Years and Years and sometimes the opportunity never arrives. In Vienna on June 29th 2018 the opportunities came together with training and experience.
A normal dispatch on a Fire Alarm usually results in get dressed in turnout gear and respond about 50 to 100 feet. And then comes the cancel announcement. Go back to whatever you were doing and dropped to respond to the Fire alarm.
Vienna was dispatched to a Medical call and almost immediately called and dispatched to a Fire alarm. The on duty FF/Engineers Brandon Crews and Scott Wiles alerted the Ambulance and diverted to the Fire alarm. Upon arrival smoke was visible and they stopped to lay into the side street with a 5 inch line.
Dispatched as a rural water area were Vienna Stations 20 and 21, Lewisville St. 11 ,Old Richmond St. 27. and Forsyth County 209. As the incident progressed Forbush and East Bend Responded to assist. 221 from Vienna laid into the scene. Engine 120 arrived and hooked into the line. 209 and some POV’s arrived next.
Engineers Crews and Wiles found heavy smoke conditions and reported Working house fire and 120 asked for a re-dispatch for House Fire. After talking with an occupant it was reported her mother was inside. Possible rescue was transmitted next. Wiles and Crews deployed the first 1.75 line to the rear of the structure where flames were coming out a window. Crews ran back to the Engine and charged the line. FF Jeff Heitman was donning SCBA getting ready to fight fire. After talking with Crews both wondered about the old man in the front bedroom.
Vienna was dispatched on a medical call about 12 hours earlier at the same address. Both Jeff and Brandon were on the previous call and knew where the male occupant was that afternoon. Jeff was directed to the second window from the left. 1221 Beroth arrived and directed the hose crew to make entry and took command. Informed that 2 possible victims were in the house Chief Beroth directed and later a complete primary search of the structure. FF Heitman entered the front door and was pushed back by heat and smoke.
FF Heitman then went to the front window and made access and proceeded to do a Vent ,Enter, Search of the bedroom. FF Heitman crossed the bedroom and closed the door. He proceeded to find an adult male in the bed. Jeff began the task of moving an unconscious man to the window. FF Jessy Levy reached into the window and assisted with the rescue of the victim. FF Charlie Hampton and FF Levy and FF Heitman began resuscitation efforts on the victim.
Reports of a second victim and a full negative primary search were reported to next arriving Chief 521. Backup line was pulled and ambulance directed to 1st victim. Access to structure was limited to 209 and investigators. Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy’s found second person at another address in Vienna. De-escalation of the incident began and all personnel and apparatus were released from the incident.
Fast and early reporting by the fire alarm, Quick response by the Vienna Fire Department and all assisting companies. Knowledge of the structure and location of occupants assisted in the rescue. Quick action and Fast First Water made an interior attack and search faster. Drills on rural water and 6000 gallons arriving in first 6 minutes made interior operations possible. Experienced and trained FF and Officers and a great system put the Right People in the Right place at the Right Time.