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Structural Firefighting with Limited Staffing

12/20/2013
BY JOHN M. BUCKMAN III What are your strategic priorities when arriving on the scene of a structure fire with two or three interior qualified firefighters? Offensive or defensive? When will your next company arrive? What is the risk to the firefighter? What do we gain if we go offensive? What happens to the fire spread if we put water on it from the exterior with limited staffing? What will the outcome be if we try to go offensive but can't sustain the attack and the fire continues to grow? How much fire could be extinguished with defensive operations? How much water is required and available? These questions must be answered and a response formulated in about 15 seconds when arriving at ...

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