Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. You don’t have to be a firefighter to be familiar with that popular colloquialism. In fact, the saying does not even necessarily pertain to fire itself; rather, the idea that if there is an effect, there must indeed be a cause or source of that effect. You do not get the proverbial smoke unless something is burning. However, you do not necessarily have to have a visual on the flames to know with confidence what is happening.
Structural fire is one of those things that many property owners think will never happen to them. It is the furthest thing from their minds when they go off to work, school, or turn off the lights for bed. Unfortunately, many people realize the reality that a small cooking mishap, invisible faulty wiring, or some other unforeseen circumstance can turn their world upside down.
For this year's FDIC conference, we cooked up a special treat. Visitors to the StreetWise booth could sit down, don a virtual reality headset, and experience responding on an actual fire call from the officer's seat of Richfield Fire Department Engine 1 in Ohio.