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EVEN “SUCCESSFUL”INCIDENTS CAN TEACH VALUABLE LESSONS

Issue 5 and Volume 152.

EVEN “SUCCESSFUL”INCIDENTS CAN TEACH VALUABLE LESSONS BY ROGER McGEHEE Even an incident that can be termed “successful” can reveal in a postcritique valuable lessons that can be used to improve future operations. The following incident was no exception. On April 23, 1998, at 2227 hours, units from Fairfax County (VA) Fire and Rescue Department`s second battalion responded to a report of a garden apartment fire at 1914 Hyannis Court, Fire Box 1304. Our dispatchers had received numerous calls reporting fire showing from the second floor. Based on this information, the responding battalion chief initiated a second alarm before any units had arrived on the scene. A third alarm would later be sounded, once the fire had made its way into the attic. When Engine 413 arrived on the scene, heavy fire was showing from the second floor and extending to the third floor by way of the exterior. The apartment…

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