The observations and decisions we make when we initially arrive at a strip mall fire will set the tone for the success and safety of an operation, says Tom Dunne.
On January 26, 2020, the East Farmingdale (NY) Fire Company was alerted for a reported commercial structure fire on Route 109 across from Republic Airport.
Indianapolis firefighters responded to a fire in a large vacant commercial building where squatters had reportedly taken up residence.
Sidewinder Photography shared some photos from a recent multiple-alarm fire in a commercial garage in Schodack, New York.
There is no decision made at a working structure fire that is more basic or advanced than “Offensive” or “defensive.”
The crucial decision—whether to use an offensive or defensive strategy—determines whether firefighters will be put in a position of immediate danger or one of calculated safety. However, one’s fire service training may not provide the criteria needed to decide this question.
The focus of this column on the necessary tactics specific to different building types.
This week's drill allows personnel to review your department's own operating procedures for fires in commercial strip malls. Review your procedures, identify these types of occupancies in your first due, and go over what you know about them.