Fire Incident Reporting: Accurate Data Will Market Your Department

Issue 12 and Volume 162.

By Michael J. Barakey Your engine company is dispatched for a report of smoke in a building. It turns out to be a fire in a garbage can in a bathroom at an office building. The fire is smoldering, and you extinguish it with a water can. The fire is contained to the metal garbage can of origin. Light smoke is in the bathroom, with an odor of smoke on the floor. You clear all units with the exception of the first-arriving engine and ladder truck. While the truck company clears the smoke, you gather appropriate information for your fire report. The damage is isolated to the garbage can, with the paint and wall covering charred and smoke stain on the wall and ceiling. The cause is accidental, isolated to discarded smoking materials in the wastebasket. Once back at the firehouse, you hand the information collected for the fire report…

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