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Risk Analysis at Normally Occupied Structure Incidents

10/29/2007
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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