U.S. fire union official gives insights on fighting Notre Dame blaze

IAFF Director of Media Relations Doug Stern shares how Parisian firefighters' methods helped prevent further damage to the historic cathedral.
2:09 | 04/16/19

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Roughly 400. Firefighters were fighting this blaze only one was injured and no doubt it was an incredibly. Dangerous speeds I wanna go to the director of media relations of the international association of firefighters. Dug stern. Just to help us understand what they were dealing with it like the bravery that it took to fight this blaze can you just explain. Who Kimberly I think James said that's the fact that there were firefighters running into the cathedral. As the ceiling was falling around them and the fire was raging overhead. Dedicated to saving Val the priceless artifacts that were there really speaks to their bravery. In fact that they were able to save. A good part of the structure despite losing the roof really speaks to the fact that they did a great job when they first got there identifying what they could save what they couldn't. Acted appropriately and quite honestly took what is it tragic loss. They kept it for me catastrophic loss yesterday because of the heroism of the Parisian firefighters. Yet and you know today they're saying there are reports that the state then the structure may not be. As stable as it it could be obviously. House how stable is the the church right now. It is hard to know without being there how stable it is. But anytime you lose a structural component like the roof you're gonna you're gonna have some problems with stability. Both brilliant he can do look at the bell tower fact that those were saved speaks at. What firefighters do when they get to a scene it is they look in make an assessment on where to begin. Mike my gut is telling me that the firefighters there looked and solve this the roof was already involved an off it was foreign off off the ground. It was going to be tough accesses to save it in time. So they decided to use a tactic where they protected the exposure of the bell tower and the rest of the church. In quite honestly the fact any of that building remains the. Yet it's it's absolutely a miracle so. It's a devastating tragedy am I just wanna wanna think you Doug for being with us.

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