Firefighting

OPERATING “AT” VACANT BUILDINGS, PART 2: BLOWING THE BASICS

Issue 5 and Volume 150.

OPERATING “AT” VACANT BUILDINGS, PART 2: BLOWING THE BASICS BY TOM BRENNAN Last month, we ran out of space trying to emphasize some of the basic mistakes that occur early in the fire operation that can cause regrets throughout the entire operation, not to mention their effects on the careers of those making the mistakes. I use the word mistake here because the tactic is so basic to training that it is impossible to believe it would occur! Passing fire. This (other than for extreme life hazard) will always cost us within a short time. This occurs if search tactics are not coordinated with all interior operations and the lower floor fire location is “missed.” Remember, one major function of primary search at every fire is to locate the fire. Passing a fire can also occur with the young, less experienced, overaggressive, poorly supervised engine company that has not had…

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