Engine Company, Industrial Firefighting

Urban Drafting Operations at a Chemical Warehouse Fire

Issue 11 and Volume 170.

By Mark Rossi On January 18, 2017, at 7:53 a.m., Fort Lauderdale (FL) Fire Department (FLFD) units responded to a large warehouse fire with unknown chemicals involved in the “Uptown Business District” of the city. On arrival, initial responding units were met with a well-involved 300- × 100-foot, 30,000-square-foot warehouse with heavy fire showing through the roof. The one-story building was of type II (noncombustible) construction, consisting of concrete block walls and a metal deck roof supported by lightweight, unprotected steel bar joists (parallel chord trusses). The fire building was H-shaped; a courtyard and loading docks were on three sides of the structure. Visability and access to the structure were limited, as the structure bordered a canal in an industrial park in an unincorporated part of the city that had few hydrants and access roads. Initial Actions and Strategy First-arriving companies found the main body of fire in the A…

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