The video of a house fire in Dunmore, Pennsylvania last week has garnered over 230,000 views as of this time, tied with a helicopter video from two years ago. The Dunmore Fire Department had responded to at least 20 structure fires a year previous to this incident. The department was set up as a career department with 30 employees in 2000 and after that, paid on call. In January of 2011, a change in administration led to the resignation of chief officer and the formation of a new department with minimal staffing.
The new chief had no experience in responding to a large blaze and instead focused on reducing the size of the department while emphasizing the need for immediate assistance. The new chief also changed the department’s culture. Within a short period of time, morale problems became so bad that members began to cut the department back to a point where it was barely functional. The new chief responded by saying that he would cut the department back to a manageable size and stated that he would focus on the prevention of future incidents.
This was the catalyst for the viral video. Originally posted at Firefighternation.com, watch the video below.
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