Firefighting

THE CHICAGO FIREFIGHTING ACTION PLAN

Issue 7 and Volume 159.

BY JAMES MASON A crucial component of structural firefighting is an action plan. The action plan can be described as a schematic that ties together the general tactics used in the firefighting operation. Developing a standard action plan before responding to a structural fire can ensure that the operation will be safer and more efficient. The plan helps organize the fireground by keeping all the responders focused on a tactical outline. Organizing the operation in this manner enables everyone on the scene to anticipate the next step to be taken more effectively. To be successful, an action plan must be flexible enough so it can be used for different types of structure fires. The strategies and tactics used to fight a fire in a one-story private dwelling and in a large, nonhigh-rise apartment building generally will be the same; the difference will be in the size and scope of the…

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