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Volunteer Firefighting – High-Rise Fires: Incident Command for Volunteer Firefighters

Issue 3 and Volume 168.

By Sergio Selman Are there firefighters eager to launch a program that allows them to operate efficiently, effectively, and safely at the next high-rise fire? Although every fire is different and therefore each requires a different type of operation to control, categorizing fires according to the type of structure—e.g., residential, high-rise building, industrial—allows firefighters to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs). They become the basic step-by-step guide for all firefighters to assess the situation, extinguish the fire, and bring the emergency under control. See this article in Spanish: http://bit.ly/1Fzrb8o. If your fire department still doesn’t have SOPs, consider developing them as soon as possible. You can find extensive SOP development resources on the Internet or review those another fire department has already developed and apply them. However, I would like to emphasize that SOP development is not a simple “copy and paste” job, requiring just putting your fire department’s name on…

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