POST-INCIDENT ANALYSIS WORKSHEET
Following the structure fire that happened on 1st of November 2010, the fire department, following the findings and the happenings had been able to come up the following post-incident analysis.
Date: 1st November 2010. Your Incident Supervisor: Capt. Morris Hurt
Area Diagram Attached: Yes Alarm #: 025
Your Unit Number: 355678 Dispatch Time: 0205
Arrival Time: 0220hrs
BUILDING STRUCTURE/SITE LAYOUT
The structure involved in the incident was a single family dwelling unit of split level. It was a three bed-roomed, of wooden floor and plywood ceiling. The structure had part of the wall built with wood. The wooden staircase would have probably spread the fire to the bedrooms which are in the upper floor of the structure. The wooden walls could also be considered as a catalyst to the fire. This house was not fitted with any fire alarm system or gadgets that would have reduced the spread of the fire.
The crew had some problems accessing the incident’s scene. This was due to the poor condition of the road network in the neighborhood.
FIRE CODE REVIEW
This structure was not installed with any fire alarm or fire preventing equipments, a common characteristic of this neighborhood, which is a little bit old, with an average of 25 years. The relevant authorities should ensure that these house structures are equipped with necessary fire equipments. People should also be educated on fire safety measures as the case in this incident, careless disposal of ashes is a key causation of this structure fire.
The caller, who is a resident of this area, gave vivid address to the scene. This therefore provided the crew with clear directions and therefore did not delay apart from the poor condition of the road network. There was excellent communication between the crew and the nearest hospital, where paramedics were deployed to transport the victims to hospital.
The crew was properly prepared for this incident with different crew members getting their assigned roles and positions. There were equipments ready for the fire fight.
There was good flow of communication among the members of the crew. There was need to make quick decision and due to the large experience of the crew members, the crew was able to battle the fire. Upon arrival, around fifteen minutes, the structure was badly burnt in the garage and was rapidly spreading to the living room and to the bedrooms. There was the apparatus and crew of four, ladder 15 with crew of four, and engine 10 with crew of four. However engine 10 was on another response but did that did not affect the brilliant performance by the crew.
The operation run smoothly, with minimal failures from the equipments. The crew worked in such a coordinated way that no member was strained by the operation. They were later treated with food and drinks. The paramedics gave a recommendable service, giving the victims first aid and transporting them to the hospital.
There was a safety officer assigned in the operation. There was no officer injured during the operation. However, there is need to improve the safety kits for the safety of the fighters.
Formal investigations are underway. However, the investigation team has been investigating the ashes disposed in the garage. This seems to shape the investigations. However, a full report about the incident will be out soon.
There is need to educate the community on fire safety and also fire fighting skills. This neighborhood had a terrible road network, supposing that the residents had the skills, it would have been possible to prevent the fire from massive destruction.