You (your crew) is ordered to search the third floor of a building. The chief says “we have multiple reports of people on the third floor, go get them”.
You know it’s not that simple or I wouldn’t write about it.
We’ll call the building a standard 3 unit row house 20X40, end unit. Single front door and front stairway, fire escapes in the back. Get the picture? OK. Now for the problems. Engine first due is trying to make the front stair, they are currently pushing a 2 1/2 up to the 3rd floor, but cannot get past the return between 2&3. Engine second due has ascended the fire escape with another 2 1/2 and is making an attack from the third floor fire escape, they are unable to push in. The truck company reports from the roof that there are multiple layers of roofing and venting will be delayed.
What do you do now? You are now behind a string of 8 -Balls.
Our course of action: 1. vent every window we could reach, there weren’t many. 2. “Motivate” the company on the fire escape to take a more aggressive approach to the fire (unsuccessful) 3. Enter the 2nd floor, search, then assist the company in the front stairwell to make the push to the 3rd floor to bring the fight to the fire. Which turned out to be the best option.
I’ll share the outcome later.
What would you have done different or similar? Why?