This morning I shared some pictures on the Facebook page of gear from a Captain in Kansas City that was badly burned while searching for a victim. The post received a lot of attention so I wanted to dig and find some background info.
January 2015, Kansas City Fire Captain Charley Cashen was in a basement fire, where searching for a known victim. Conditions rapidly changed for the worse, trapping Capt. Cashen.
Capt. Cashen remained calm, activated a mayday, and eventually found his way out. He was severely burned and is recovering from his burns.
What is most impressive about this story? Captain Cashen is a 30 year veteran of KCFD, 30 years. Let that sink in for a moment.
Follow this link to listen to a 45 minute interview and more pictures.