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Risk Analysis at Normally Occupied Structure Incidents

by Jeff GoinsIn our industry, one of the most difficult challenges firefighters will face is the rapid search and safe removal of trapped occupants in a burning building.Normally occupied structures can be defined as apartment buildings, single family buildings, townhouses, duplexes, traditional taxpayers with living quarters above a business, hospitals, prisons, hotels, motels, and assisted living facilities. I use this terminology to describe places where humans live and sleep.Many factors come into play when a team of firefighters have been given this assignment. The first factor is being mentally and physically prepared to execute such a tall order. This preparation must begin prior ...

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