Thirty Seconds from Death – The Randy Hanifen Story (Episode 287)

In this episode, West Chester Captain Randy Hanifen shared the details of a near-miss inside a residential dwelling fire where, if circumstances were just slightly different, he might have been killed in a flashover.

Length: 54 minutes

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Randy Hanifen serves as a Captain and shift commander with the West Chester Fire Department near Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time of his near-miss event, Randy was a firefighter riding up in the officer position on an engine.  While operating on the second floor of a residential dwelling fire, a rapid change of conditions forced Randy and his partner to bail out a second-story window to save their lives.  By Randy’s admission, if he would have been in that environment for 30 seconds longer, he probably would have died. Randy explains what happened and shares some valuable situational awareness lessons.

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