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Stockton Helmet Cam: Vent, Enter Search

Stockton Fire History – On April 28th, 2018, Stockton Firefighters responded to a 3rd Alarm Structure Fire in an 8-plex apartment complex on Channel. Before Firefighters arrived, several victims were forced out onto their balconies, and then jumped to avoid the flames. 

Firefighters took an unusually long time to extinguish the fire because (1) a previous roof-over-roof remodel created many void spaces & (2) the fire was fed by a compromised heater’s gas line. During the firefight, crews on scene made a rescue through a window via the tactic Vent-Enter-Search (VES). 

FirefighterNation, FireRescue Magazine, Fire Engineering:
A Refresher Course in VES
How to Perform VEIS
VEIS: Flow Path and Victim Rescue
VES: Victims Expecting Search

FDIC 2019:
Laddering with a Purpose
Residential Primary Search: Making the Grab
Shut the Door! Tips for VES, VEIS (or VESS)
Vent-Enter-Isolate-Search on the Modern Fireground

This video is an educational tool for firefighters and the public. It begins with the 9-1-1 call from inside the apartment on fire. This may be difficult to hear, and is meant to illustrate the demands frequently placed upon our dispatchers. To see the arrival conditions and hear the size-up: skip to 2:20. To see the Vent-Enter-Search (VES) operations, victim removal, and the difficulties associated with it: skip to 7:20. There is a lot to show/edit/narrate via caption. Please bare with us. If the video moves too fast, you may have to pause to read captions. We’re pretty sure we caught any typos. The bottom line is that our firefighters overcame various complications and performed above and beyond. Well done. 

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