Sizing Up for Structure Fires

BY SEAN WILKINSON As volunteer firefighters, we respond from home, work, and our private lives to perform our duties. As we shift gears from one mindset to another, many things go through our minds en route to the firehouse or scene. On the fireground and in practice training, we sometimes forgo the most important aspect of incidents. Although we consider tactics (who should be there? Will I make it inside?), one thing that often gets overlooked and short-changed is size-up. The area in which you volunteer and the makeup of your district or fire protection area (urban, suburban, rural, commercial, industrial) dictate how much fire action you see (or don't see) throughout the course of a y...

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