The majority of this house was destroyed because of the severe smoke and fire damage.
But we wanted to save as many of the keepsakes as we could for the family.
This video shows you just exactly what we were up against.
Another family needs our help.
This time the call came from Lewiston Idaho when a daybed caught fire and put a family in the Hospital. They are all ok after just one night but their ordeal is far fromÂ over.
I want to give you an inside tour of what it’s like to be on the scene in a hazmat severe fire damage situation. This is Day One.
We are in full PPE gear to protect ourselves. For the video we did not have our full respirators on but did put them on afterwards as we realized that the soot and debris was stillÂ heavy in the air.
Now it’s time to start the clean up and restoration process so this family can start healing.
The only thing you should be thinking about when you arrive on an Emergency Call Out is what can I do to connect?
Now I knowÂ what some of you are thinking. You’re thinkingÂ no the first thing to think about is…Who is the insurance company? Is there going to be coverage? How long will this take to fix? How am I going to add this job to my already overloaded job board?Â Am I right?:)
I get that these are all really good and important things to think about. I teach the “how to do these steps” in my classes. And there is a time to find out these things but its not in the initial moments of arriving on the scene. I mean if there is’nt coverage for this loss let’s say, that’s pretty darn important to know right up front. But you can find that out at the end of your first conversation with the homeowner not the beginning.
People need to know that you really care about what happens to them. Not their insurance policy.
Those first few minutes should be completely commited to making a connection with your potential new client. You won’t find a better time to seal that bond then rightÂ at theÂ beginning of your hopefully mutually valuable relationship.
There are lots of ways to connect with someone. And it’s different with each person. The best way I’ve found is to listen. If you ask they will tell you.
People like to tell their story and someone who has just had a fire or a sewer backup has a BIG story to tell.
Ask them “what happened?”
Listen for them to tell you exactly what they need from you and then give it to them.
Instant connection. It’s really that simple.