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Firefighter Survival: Are You "Four" or Against Strategy? Part 3: The Transitional Strategy

By Richard Mueller Last month I discussed the value of starting with a defensive mindset rather than an offensive. This allows firefighters to start the incident in control, stay in control, and never lose control. A defensive outlook ensures our arrival without creating new customers along the way and ensures that defensive fire companies are operating outside of the collapse zone. Arriving with a defensive mindset requires us to make a conscious and deliberate decision to maintain this line of thinking and get out the large lines and master streams when there is nothing to gain. Otherwise it lets us transition deeper into the incident when there are lives and property that can be saved....

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