Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

First-Due Thoughts at Strip Mall Fires

Issue 03 and Volume 173.

By THOMAS DUNNE In firefighting, as in life, any activity that starts out well is most likely to end well. The observations and decisions we make when we initially arrive at a fire will set the tone for the success and safety of an operation. First-due thoughts, perspectives, and gut reactions are vital. When bad things happen, they often happen in the early stages of an incident and are usually the result of several converging factors. Strip Mall Fire Simulation The Command Bubble: A Tool for the Fireground and For Life Taxpayers and Strip Malls: Construction and Tactics Lessons Learned at FDIC Help Save Strip Mall This is especially true for fires in commercial buildings. Although most of our structural fires occur in residential occupancies, statistics have consistently shown that the chances of a firefighter dying at a commercial building are up to four times greater. This number should be…

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