Firefighting, Structural Firefighting, Training

House Fires: New Threats, New Tactics

Issue 4 and Volume 166.

BY JERRY KNAPP House fires today are different than when our fathers were riding the back step. Yes, firefighters actually did ride the back step back then, when house fires were not a significant threat to their lives. Times have changed: Our fathers retired, and we don’t ride the back step anymore. House fires have changed as well. They are our most important alarm and more of a threat to firefighter safety than we realize. This article examines the strategic and tactical changes that may be necessary for safety and success at modern house fires. Remember, there is no silver bullet in our profession that ensures a great outcome. The material presented here is for your consideration and possible fireground application. Apply it only after carefully sizing up and evaluating the fire scene and reviewing your experience so you can develop an appropriate search, rescue, and fire suppression plan for…

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