Data from the first 2,000 recorded rescues (you read that right) has been collected, calculated, and collated for all you nerds.
Data Drop ....Victim Reports v Total Recorded Rescues.
The graph below shows us that in 69% of all recorded rescues to date there were positive victim reports. Or if you look at this slightly differently, that in 31% of all recorded rescues to date there were no positive victim reports, meaning either there were no reports at all (n = 562), or reports that everyone was out (n = 61). Also, diving a bit deeper into the data, we can see that in 26% (16/61) of recorded rescues the report of 'everyone is out' was given by a resident of the fire building. The more we learn about decision-making under stress, the more we realize that there are serious valleys in our abilities when we’re (civilians and firefighters alike) under duress. This can explain why when someone’s world is burning in front of them (and they are potentially severely injured), they make relatively simple mistakes. Like in all things, the more we learn about something, the more questions arise.