Lessons Learned at a Home Depot Fire

By BRETT SNOW Scenario: At 6 a.m. the Chicago (IL) Fire Department (CFD) responded to a reported fire in a Home Depot. While we were en route, the first-arriving company reported nothing showing. A minute later, there was radio traffic confirming a fire. On our arrival, the first truck was setting up and placing the main ladder to Sector 1 (Division A), the first engine was stretching a 2½-inch line, and the second engine was hooking up to the sprinkler connections to feed the first engine with water (in-line operation). The second truck was placing its main ladder to sector 2 to provide a secondary means of egress off the roof. Although there are many things that could be discussed with ...

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