Firefighting

Tactics Coloring Book

Issue 12 and Volume 160.

BY ALAN BRUNACINI Last month, we discussed the importance of making an initial and ongoing evaluation of the fire’s location. Being able to do this necessitates an understanding of and the ability to define standard fireground conditions. This ability becomes the foundation of making appropriate operational assignments to all the areas within the fireground. Developing a picture of the overall incident basically becomes a combination of three standard conditions that (together) describe what is going on all over and around the fire area. The existence, size, arrangement, and movement of these conditions also become the basis of predicting where the fire is now (if we know), where it is heading, and what operational response will be required to achieve fire control. The three standard conditions are (1) involved (red), (2) exposed (yellow), and (3) uninvolved (green). Giving each condition its own color creates a simple-to-do and easy-to-understand multicolor graphic system.…

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