Dumpster fire

Ok, while I’m not great at getting all the pretty visuals in here yet, this is another good drill for everyone, boss to probie.

Your company is dispatched to a dumpster fire at 01:30 in your apartment complex, your dispatcher notifies you that PD is on the scene with a dumpster fully involved at the location. As your company turns onto the street you pass the closest hydrant, you can see a glow from around the last building in the complex. You arrive to find a commercial dumpster going from end to end, with exposures on the B, C, and D sides of the dumpster. Vehicles on the B and D side and a wooden privacy fence, and electrical pole well involved on the C side. Dumpsters are a cake walk right, wrong! Here’s some questions to jumpstart the mind.

1. What level of PPE is required on this job?

2. Where should your apparatus be positioned?

3. What size line are you going to stretch?

4. What hazards present themselves with the dumpster?

5. Overall hazards of this fire?

6. Do you have procedures in place at your FD for overhaul?

7.  What safety considerations are needed for your crew?

8. Trash line attack, or do you have other option?

9. Are bystanders or PD a reliable source of information?

10.Oh yeah, you have 500 gallons of water, now what?

Enjoy guys!

4 Comments

  • Damn Yankee says:

    Ahhh hark back to the dayz when we were foolish enough to think they were basically a non-dynamic outside fire. LOL.
    This is my take
    -Full BA on air and PPE (sorry oldtimers, too much crap these days)
    -That pole bothers me.I’m gonna be the safety eyes for my crew.
    -I’d say a 1.5″ – 1.75″ .Stay away from the can itself.
    -up wind if possible (or the driver earned the right to wear BA too)
    -500gals puts a couple inches of water in a contractor can, most apartments have decent water supply options for a layout.
    -This is a hazmat waiting to happen, we wont know until it’s darkened down and you start sifting through the crap.
    -Let it fill with water if possible, then contact your HazMat team for disposal contractors

    Great mind jogger bro. Never let your guard down.

  • drillmaster2 says:

    damn Yankee, this was based off an actual job and I was the boss on the engine. I will add one thing to make folks think. I had 3 people, including myself on the engine. Great start!

  • drillmaster2 says:

    damn Yankee, this was based off an actual job and I was the boss on the engine. I will add one thing to make folks think. I had 3 people, including myself on the engine. Great start!

  • Damn Yankee says:

    I think the only redeming quality to a dumpster fire. is they’re contained and non-demensional. Outside of that, everything else is fair game.

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