Firefighting Tactics: Tactical Considerations for Vehicle Fires in Aboveground Parking Garages

BY THOMAS J. O'CONNELL Serious vehicle fires in modern aboveground parking garages can present unique and difficult challenges to responding firefighters. Because of the infrequent nature of these events for individual officers and crews, a review of tactical considerations for these incidents can be helpful in ensuring a safe and effective outcome. Modern aboveground parking garages are built with cost effectiveness in mind. They are typically no-frills structures that incorporate minimal fire protection features and maximize all available space including height (photo 1). Fortunately, most of these structures are constructed of cast-in-place concrete and precast concrete and present ver...

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