Preincident Intelligence of Inactive Buildings, Part 1

09/27/2013
By Eric G. Bachman A purpose of preincident intelligence is to identify the challenges facilities present to a fire department. This practice does not solely encompass active facilities, but should be inclusive of inactive facilities as well. As long as a building is standing, it is a hazard to the community and, more importantly, a threat to the safety of firefighters. Inactive facilities demand concentrated preparedness efforts.  Fire departments are likely well aware of the challenges of certain higher profile, active facilities; this is especially true for those which they respond to frequently. Conversely, the perception of hazard is lessened when no activity occurs, particularl...

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