Fire Dynamics, Leadership

What Would You Do? Westwood Theater

This fire occurs on a Wednesday morning at 1130 hours. The fire occurs in an older movie theater, where occasional movie showings are offered. The office space on the second floor is partially rented.

Please view the video to see the simulation–it only lasts 15 seconds.

Assume you are responsible for initially establishing command at this fire.

Other units responding are what your department would send on a report of a fire in this occupancy type.

Answer the questions below or in this worksheet (PDF) 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___

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Skip Coleman: Firefighting RoundtableJohn “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