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Firefighting Tactics: High-Rise 101

By Demetrius Kastros “I have just one expectation. Everyone goes home safe in the morning, with no injuries or dangerous exposures. The rest is just part of the job.” I used to say this to my company officers every morning. In a high-rise fire, we face a uniquely difficult set of challenges in fighting the fire, communications, rescuing occupants, and fire spread. Clear and simple procedures, strongly reinforced with extensive training AND building knowledge, are the best paths to ensure that most important of firefighter priorities: Everyone home safe. The time tested acronym, ALS-BASE provides an effective foundation to start procedures and training for high-rise operations. Attack, Lo...

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