By John “Skip” Coleman
This fire occurs in an older Pre-WW II frame structure. As seen in the video, the fire has already spread to Exposure D. Both homes are currently occupied. The fire occurs at 0630 hours.
Assume you are responding as the first-due unit. (Choose the type—engine, truck, heavy squad, or other—that you normally ride.) The other units responding are what your department would send on a report of a fire in this occupancy type.
Answer the questions below or make your own strategic-, tactical-, and task-level questions to answer.
Can Crews safely effectively Enter and work? Yes No
Could there be savable people inside? Yes No
Will you allow Offensive (Interior) Operations? Yes No
First Assignment: ___
Second Assignment: ___
Third Assignment: ___
Fourth Assignment: ___
For Fire Attack: Size of Line (Control) __ : Taken in from and taken to: (Confine) __
For Ventilation: How ___
For Search: How ___
For Back Up: How ___
For Exposure: How ___
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John “Skip” Coleman retired as assistant chief from the Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue. He is a technical editor of Fire Engineering. a member of the FDIC Educational Advisory Board; and author of Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer (Fire Engineering, 1997), Managing Major Fires (Fire Engineering, 2000), Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer, Second Edition (Fire Engineering, 2008) and Searching Smarter (Fire Engineering 2011) and 2011 recipient of the FDIC Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.