Thoughts from an Inside Team

By Mark Gregory It is three o'clock am, and you are responding as the first due truck company for a phone alarm reporting a possible structure fire. As the officer, you exit the rig and proceed to size- up the building, a four story brick multiple dwelling with a front fire escape. Smoke is pushing from the third floor on the Exposure 4 ("D" side) of the building. You enter the vestibule and are met by civilians trying to exit the building. You order the can firefighter to chock the outer door while you take care of the inner, entrance door. This simple step assures us the engine company should have access to the building. As you climb the stairs, a medium smoke condition is vis...

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