Firefighting, Structural Firefighting

Training for the Commercial Fireground

Issue 7 and Volume 173.

TRAINING NOTEBOOK ❘ BY AARON HELLER Over the past few years, fire service members, including myself, have emphasized the importance of adopting strategies and tactics specifically designed and proven to work effectively at commercial fires. Still, some departments have not embraced this commonsense approach, although many have come to understand the need to be more proactive when confronted with commercial building fires. Unfortunately, we can only lead some firefighters and departments to water but cannot make them draft it! This article provides firefighters, company officers, and chiefs with the next step in the commercial fireground tactics process: developing training priorities and commercial fire guidelines/procedures. (1) Firefighters preplanning a converted commercial target hazard in their first-due area. Originally a movie theater, this structure is now a furniture showroom and warehouse. (Photos by author.) RELATED FIREFIGHTER TRAINING 10 Commandments for Operations in Small Box Stores with Limited Staffing Size-Up and Risk Benefit…

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