Leadership

PLANNING A HOSE AND NOZZLE SYSTEM FOR EFFECTIVE OPERATIONS

Issue 4 and Volume 156.

BY JAY COMELLA The Oakland (CA) Fire Department (OFD) convened a Board of Inquiry to investigate the line-of-duty-death of Firefighter Tracy Toomey, who died on January 10, 1999. The fire building at 3052 Broadway was a two-story, balloon-frame building of mixed occupancy, with a residential area over the commercial premises. It was not an unusual building for Oakland. On arrival, the first-alarm companies encountered a heavy fire condition on the first floor with extension up the stairway. They made an aggressive interior attack using multiple 11/2-inch handlines. Fire was not extinguished in time to prevent the loss of structural integrity. The resulting collapse of the second floor into the first floor killed one OFD member and left two others with career-ending injuries. One of the three direct causes the Board of Inquiry report cited for the line-of-duty death was the inability of 11/2-inch hose to flow sufficient water to extinguish…

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