Rethink Attacking From the Unburned Side

07/17/2008
By Jimmy Taylor"Attack from the unburned side"--it has been drilled into us from years of training. There are several good arguments for attacking from the unburned side, including "pushing the fire away from the occupants" and "pushing the fire out the nearest vent opening."These sound like good reasons, but if the fire involves the primary means of egress, you will likely need additional hose and personnel to move that hose into position to attack the fire from the unburned side. Consider that a stretch around the side of a house to reach the unburned side may be longer than most preconnects (200 feet) and involve additional personnel to navigate around potential obstacles in the yard, ...

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