This episode is an interview with Ryan Pennington, discussing the challenges of fighting fires in hoarded environments.
Length: 55 minutes
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In this episode I interview Ryan Pennington who runs the website ChamberOfHoarders.com. Ryan has a passion for helping first responders understand the challenges of hoarder fires. In this episode you’ll learn:
- Why Ryan prefers to call hoarded conditions “Heavy Content” and how that term applies to more than cluttered residential conditions.
- How to use Ryan’s shortcut of: Identify, Confirm, Orient and Control to improve safety while operating at Heavy Content incidents.
- Ryan shares the tactical considerations for operating at Heavy Content Incidents.
- He discusses the challenges of keeping oriented during searches and discusses why it’s never a good idea to climb over the pile.
- Finally, he shares some advice for how to remove victims from the Heavy Contents Environments.
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