Tactics Tuesday

Based off of what you see. Give your size-up as the first arriving engine officer. Describe the strategies and tactics you may use to combat this fire.

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  • training38 says:

    Upon arrival, I would give my “windshield” size-up. Central, unit 38 on scene with a large 2 story wood frame house, heavy smoke from the “A” side. Central, 38 establishing (Whatever) command.
    I would exit my vehicle, conduct a 360 walk around. I would relay to the incoming units that I have a heavily involved attached 1 story garage with extension to the second floor and have a separate vehicle fire. I would have central go ahead and dispatch a second alarm if this is a subdivision with a hydrant system (first alarm is four stations, medic unit and battalion) Second alarm is the next three closest stations and special call the ladder truck.
    I would have the first in engine lay a supply line.
    If this is a subdivision without a hydrant system, I would instruct the first in engine to set up for a mobile water supply and go to a third alarm for tenders.
    I would send the initial attack line in through the front door to the garage (due to the significant fire damage to the garage roof) and send a crew to the second floor and check for extension in the “B” side wall and attic area. Two search teams, one to the second floor and one to the first floor. Establish an operations sector. Establish a manpower pool. RIT team established “A” side. Have second responding engine establish a WSP. In a perfect world, have the third engine arrive and assign a crew to the vehicle fire. Rotate crews as needed. Continue to evaluate the scene with a second and a third walk-around. Watch the roof line of the house and monitor the integrity of the garage roof. Once the fire is knocked down, assign personnel to salvage and overhaul.
    With the wind conditions playing into the firefighters favor and the size of the structure, PPV would be challenging. Vertical ventilation might not be needed and be manpower intensive with our department depending on the time of day. With the present wind conditions appearing to be quite strong, might consider using natural ventilation from the “D” side to the “B” side. If the wind was coming from the other direction, this would be a very intense call, from a tactics and strategies standpoint.

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