More training vowed after firefighters forced to jump
Mar. 21, 2017
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fire department officials in western Pennsylvania say more training is planned after a review of actions at a New Year's Day blaze in suburban Pittsburgh last year in which five firefighters jumped out of a second-story window.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire released a report Tuesday on an after-action review of the blaze in Wilkinsburg, about six miles east of the city. An 86-year-old woman was rescued but five firefighters had to jump from windows and one of them struck two other firefighters.
A public safety spokeswoman said more training will focus on "improving decision-making when it comes to bailing out of a burning structure."
Recommendations also included sessions on "reading smoke" and proper ventilation, radio communications, multi-casualty procedures and group sessions on issues such as "stress-induced tunnel vision."