Barn Fire Tactics and Strategies, Part 2: Cross Barns

By Chris Willis My previous article discussed hazards firefighters might face when dealing with fires in agricultural barns. The second part of this article deals with cross barns, or "mega barns." Cross barns refer to a combination barn and living quarters. They are usually super-sized. The first two photos below show the left side of the barn and the right side of a cross barn, respectively. When facing these barns, be very careful in regard to operations, response, and size-up. The preplanning process starts from the moment the barn is built. When that barn goes up, start developing a game plan for an emergency response. Let's take a look at the preplanning process for one o...

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