Mind me asking what happended to the IC? Did he face any consquences for not following the Chief of Department's Orders?This fire, or so I am told is a classic example of a Chief, "NOT FOLLOWING ORDERS". "The Bad Chief Love" (There we many fine good Chief Loves in the FDNY), was told by the Chief of Dept. to keep all the firemen out of the building and away from a wall and canopy, he considered very dangerous, and the Chief of Dept. left the scene. But for some reason perhaps fatigue, Chief Love failed to follow his Dept. Chiefs order and sent firemen in to overhaul the area near the damaged unsafe wall and canopy. When the collapse was over, with 6 Firemen dead, the Chief of the Department raced back to the fire, and so the story goes a fist fight went on between the 2 Chief's.
The most dangerous part of the fire can often be after the fire is under control. All the Damage already done by the fire has already happened and is at this point "AT its WORST.
FATIGUE can cause lapses in judgement, that results in great danger to firefighters. This FATIGUE can be to the firefighters, fire officers, Chief officers and "THE INDICENT COMMANDER" In short get relief for everyone for long prolonged operations, that includes the Incident Commander is needed, this results in a much safer operation. Captain Bob Rainey FDNY Engine 26 retired