What Would You Do? Frat House Fire

By Skip Coleman

This fire occurs in a building originally built as a side-by-side duplex. In the mid-1960s it was converted into a fraternity house in property later bought by the university. Theta Chi has owned it since 1968. It has gone through countless renovations and alterations. Divisions one and two and the basement have multi-bed bedrooms.

The fire occurs at 6:30 am on a Tuesday.

Assume you are responding as the first due unit. (Choose the type–engine, truck, heavy squad, or other–that you normally ride.)

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

Answer the questions this worksheet (PDF) or make your own strategic, tactical, and task level questions to answer.

It would be great if you would give your thoughts on initial strategies and tactics on the comment section below or at our Fire Engineering page on Facebook.

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

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