Firefighter Survival: Are You "Four" or Against Strategy? Part 4: The Marginal Strategy

By Richard Mueller None of us arrive at fire incidents and announce (or acknowledge) a marginal strategy even though all firefighters undertake them. Our too-often-used words of an "aggressive offensive attack" (offensive strategy) simply do not match our actions when we slowly and blindly search for the seat of the fire and/or occupants in low/no visibility. Just because we way say that we are acting offensively does not mean that we are acting offensively. So if we are not offensive, what are we? The marginal strategy acknowledges that it is difficult to be aggressive in low/no visibility, and that a more cautious and calculated approach is appropriate and necessary in such en...

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