What Would You Do? Pre-WWII Frame Structure

By John “Skip” Coleman

This fire occurs in an older Pre-WW II frame structure. As seen in the video, the fire has already spread to Exposure D. Both homes are currently occupied. The fire occurs at 0630 hours.

Assume you are responding as the first-due unit. (Choose the type—engine, truck, heavy squad, or other—that you normally ride.) The other units responding are what your department would send on a report of a fire in this occupancy type.

Answer the questions below or make your own strategic-, tactical-, and task-level questions to answer.

Can Crews safely effectively Enter and work?    Yes        No

Could there be savable people inside?              Yes        No

Will you allow Offensive (Interior) Operations?   Yes       No

First Assignment: ___

Second Assignment: ___

Third Assignment: ___

Fourth Assignment: ___

For Fire Attack:  Size of Line (Control) __  : Taken in from and taken to:  (Confine) __

For Ventilation:  How ___

For Search:  How ___

For Back Up: How ___

For Exposure: How ___


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 Award.

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