Tactics Tuesday

Double House Fire. Give your Size up and Incident Operations.1. Any Special Considerations you would make.2. How many alarms?

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  • Damn Yankee says:

    In an area like this (older Cape Cods) 7′-10′ apart auto exposure is probably pretty common. If their box alarm assignments have less than 4-5 Engines and 2 Trucks.
    I’m going with a second alarm,or a task force to deal specifically with that exposure “problem”.
    Keep in mind it is a “problem” because upon knockdown it’s not like that 1st attack line can simply push-on or relocate to the home next door.
    Props to them for using a fog nozzle for the exposure line.
    Not sure if the exposured homes have a soffitt that would make the exposure problem even worse on the side, getting up into the attic. If so prior to entry I’d have my firefighter sweep the eves real quick.

  • anchorpoint1 says:

    You know they were there awhile because you could see the sunrise. I agree with the Yankee 2nd alarm. Then, when you get to 1:10 and the guy says they lost water automatically upgrade the response. 3rd alarm. You are going to be short on trucks so search what you can and move on, flashover means death. I never condone this. But. Once both 2nd floors are flashing over hit them with the exposure lines before the inside attack goes after them with big lines. Tough to show up to that fire first in.
    OK, story time. When I first started my career I was in a remote part of the city. We were separated from the rest of the city by bridges and tunnels, etc.. The chief used to say “If any of my companies has a problem we have a second alarm. If we wait till they are needed there will not be enough of them when they arrive.”
    So basically hit the next alarm and then if you don’t need the help send them home.

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