Leadership

GETTING TO THE REAR OF THE BUILDING AT STRUCTURE FIRES

Issue 11 and Volume 156.

BY SCOTT LYONS In the infancy of our training, we learned that fire structures have at least four sides: the front, two sides, and the rear. We expanded this figure by including the floors below and above the fire as sides, too. The designation of these areas may vary from region to region, department to department, but they are commonly referred to as sides 1 through 4 or sides A through D. At larger incidents, these areas may be designated by street names, adjoining addresses, occupancy or business names, geographic areas (north, south, east, west), and sectors of operation—roof sector, for example. However, as well versed as we are in describing the building and where we are operating, we sometimes have difficulty getting to one of the most important areas: the rear of the property. The reasons we have to get around the building and get a look at the…

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