Firefighting

PREFIRE PLANNING AT MULTIBUILDING COMPLEXES

Issue 4 and Volume 155.

BY MARK J. FINUCANE AND BRAD PRICE Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 4, Ladder 1: Respond to an alarm at the Veterans Administration (VA) Center, Building #162, domiciliary on Maple Drive. Color code blue. On receipt of this dispatch, the apparatus drivers quickly check the color-coded map of the VA Center hanging on the station wall to verify the building’s location while the firefighters don their turnout gear. After glancing at the map a moment, the driver pinpoints the exact building. His eyes are immediately directed to the blue color-coded buildings located in a specific area on the map. The driver confirms the building number and the quickest route and then efficiently moves to the driver’s seat and is en route. Click here to enlarge image When responding to a large complex of buildings, you can lose time if you have difficulty finding the affected building and cannot immediately determine…

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