Fires in Hoarder houses can present a multitude of problems on the fire ground, from access and egress, water application to the searches for possible victims. This lecture will discuss the common, and more over the uncommon signs indicating the possible presence of hoarding conditions. It will cover the initial operations such as when encountering the 3 main types of conditions we can expect to find and also how to manage each condition individually. This lecture will also list some of the serious dangers these fires represent to firefighters operating in and around areas with hoarding conditions, and how to effectively do our jobs while safely evaluating each problem. We will also cover the information chain, which is critical for the incident commander to constantly monitor the progress or lack of, there-by requiring an immediate change in tactics.
Tim Klett - Tim is a 35 year Fire Service veteran serving the last 31 years with the FDNY. Tim was a volunteer firefighter in the Newington Ct. FD, and is currently a volunteer firefighter with the Montgomery NY, FD. He was also a paid firefighter with the City of New Britain Ct, FD for 4 years until his appointment to the FDNY in 1990. Now recently retired, Tim served as a Lieutenant on Engine 88 in the Bronx after spending many years on Engine 69, one of FDNY’s busiest Engines. He was also a member of the team which re-wrote the FDNY’s entire Engine Tactics Bulletin and a member of their Engine company tactical training program.