Firefighting

EXPOSURE PROTECTION FOR WELL-INVOLVED STRUCTURES

Issue 3 and Volume 159.

BY JOHN “SKIP” COLEMAN On September 6, 2005, Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue crews responded to a fire on Broadway Street in South Toledo. High winds from the Maumee River, directly behind these residential properties, fanned the fire. After more than 45 minutes, the fire was controlled. Still, one four-family apartment building and five residences (single-family and two-family structures) were destroyed. 1. Photos by author. Click here to enlarge image When the first crews arrived, two buildings (the apartment of origin and exposure B) were fully involved (photo 1). Soon after, a third house (exposure B1) was going as well (photo 2). Command requested a second alarm and special-called additional equipment. Eventually, close to the equivalent of a third-alarm response was requested. Command assigned me side B on arrival. I assigned crews to pull lines between exposures B1 and B2 and to set up an aerial stream to…

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