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Structural Firefighting: Are You "Four" or Against Strategy? Part 5: The Offensive Strategy

By Richard Mueller An "aggressive offensive attack" is the holy grail of the fire service, the "dream we all dream of." There are few other things in the fire service that we talk and write about more, take as much pride in, or get as much satisfaction from as going in and quickly putting out the fire. However, this dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if we find ourselves with our eyes wide open and unable to find the fire or our way out because of low/no visibility. In such cases, our words ("aggressive offensive attack") do not match our actions as we fight for our lives rather than the fighting fire. The "FOUR Strategy" component of the Fire ...

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