Fire Instructor Development, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

Lessons Learned at FDIC Help Save Strip Mall

Issue 4 and Volume 170.

By Steven Naylis Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to attend the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International. I learned a number of valuable lessons that I was able to put into practice at this fire. First was the constant emphasis on knowing the buildings to which I may be called. Second was to begin a fire attack with large-caliber streams when confronted with a large body of fire. Third was to get the right resources early on in the incident rather than play catch-up to achieve rapid access and quick knockdown. On April 3, 2016, at 0414 hours, the Bergenfield (NJ) Fire Department was dispatched for a reported fire in a commercial structure. On the initial alarm, the fire department responds with three chief officers, four engines, a truck, and a rescue company. Within minutes, the local police department was on scene reporting a fully involved…

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