1 Fire In the Village: No Chance to Save the House

Fire In the Village: No Chance to Save the House

Posted on February 23, 2014 by team

How does a house usually burn down in a village? If not extinguished in the very first moments it can hardly be saved, and people do not call the fire department because they still hope to manage the situation by their own efforts. But the house is burning down too fast, and when they realize their impotence they start to dial 01 with their trembling burnt fingers…

This fire department is a half military organisation. What do you think firemen do when they have no emergency calls? Sleeping? Nope. They can sleep at night only. During the daytime they should make the most of any spare minute.

The loudspeaker asks them to gather in a classroom for theoretical lessons. Besides that, they spend several hours a day on physical training. Drivers polish the windows of their vehicles and suddenly hear about a fire emergency! The same loudspeaker names the address and nature of the fire and another life begins for the firemen. In less than 40 seconds, two fully equipped fire trucks leave the department. Just think about it: 40 seconds to finish their classes, gather in the garage, put their suits on, get into the trucks, start them, remove shoes from under the wheels, open the gates and finally leave the vacinity of the fire department…

Here on site they immediately start to extinguish the fire. The house should be disconnected from the electric grid first. After multiple training sessions they perform all actions automatically.

One of the main tasks in to prevent fire spreading to the neighbouring houses. But this time they got information that there were gas cylinders in the burning house so the major tasks were to prevent them from explosion and to contain the fire in the single house.

But everything quickly becomes very complicated. An old ZIL truck can bring only 2500 litres of water, while the fire hose nozzle consumes over 3,5 litres per second and the water they have brought is obviously not going to be enough. Nobody thinks of firewater ponds until a fire occurs…

In this particular case the closest hydrant is located two kilometers away from the burning house. It’s not the worst distance for a village, you know. While the trucks are going for water, the firemen have nothing to do but watching the fire flames.

The trucks made several trips for water and twenty minutes later the fire was almost extinguished.

Final actions.

In two hours everything was over but the house will never be restored. By the way, this ladder sign on the picture above means that if a fire occurs in the village the owner of this house will bring a ladder to help.

via tankizt

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One Response to “Fire In the Village: No Chance to Save the House”

  1. Erik says:

    Well done !!! What a great team !

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