Issue 8 and Volume 157.

BY TOM BRENNAN Let’s take a look at this “instant in time” at a structure fire irrespective of the actual facts. What do we see, and what are some of the ways to handle the problems? Fire in this multiple dwelling apparently started on the first floor, front right. There is extension to the second floor by the interior and to the third floor (sure to happen, eventually) by the interior and by autoexposure of the front apartments’ fire escape windows. What are some of the problems you see here? Fire has ruled out use of a fire escape system for search and ventilation operations from the “rear” of the fire (at least in the front of the building). Entry search and ventilation at the rear (OVM) position must be done with numerous portable ladders. Fire probably is in possession of two apartments in the front of the second and…

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