LIP: Do You Follow It

L– Life safety. Means you will bet the farm to save a savable life.

I– Incident Stabilization. We are the calm after the storm.

P-Property Conservation. These are someone’s belongings. If you can save them, it’s much appreciated.

These are the Tactical Objectives for any call you go on. With the first priority always being Life.

These objectives seem to get lost in some areas because all some can focus on is fighting the fire. I challenge you the next time you arrive at a fire whether you are in charge or not use this as your basic model.† If searches are not being conducted suggest them. If only one line is being taken to the fire pull or suggest another. It is does not matter how many Phrases or Acronym’s we come up with this one still represents the most basic of tactical objectives, and is still the main mission of the Fire Service.


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I've attended research burns, attended UL, NIST, and ISFSI lectures, and have been reading the research since the beginning. I agree with the few assessments above. In fact- I recently watched the four new ISFSI videos and they seem to concur with what your post says. They are emphatic that rescue is our priority. The…
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Korey Maves
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I completely agree with what you're saying. Like John Vanatta, I as an instructor in Wisconsin, recently attended an 8hr Modern Fire Attack/SLICE-RS class and a 4hr Train the Trainer on the topic. It was presented by DC Forest Reeder, and he basically said everything you've said above. I've been casually observing what Kerber has…
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John Vanatta
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Dave, I don't know why that is the "default response". I am not a regular ISFSI member, and I have no reason to defend or attack them as an organization. Maybe my response was poorly worded, or there is a misunderstanding. The instructor from my class did not mince any words-rescue is the priority, use…
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Dave LeBlanc
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Just curious....why is the default response when someone disagrees with what ISFSI puts out that they have not read/studied/learned enough?
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