Firefighters need to understand that the building’s construction and occupancy, along with its fire protection systems, should be part of preincident planning, not only part of size-up activities during an emergency.
Eric Bachman offers another case study of how fire departments working in concert with developers can help with preplanning efforts and better ensure effective emergency response.
Recognizing, understanding, and contemplating the challenges, intricacies, and hazards of a facility is essential to mounting an effective and safety-minded response, writes Eric Bachman.
Adaptability is paramount when it comes to the complexities of the fireground, so firefighters and fire officers need to be ready to react to changing dynamics and circumstances, writes David DeStefano.
David DeStefano writes that firefighters must not overlook one of the most important aspects of maintaining safe and efficient firefighting operations: the institutional knowledge of your first-due area.
Bryan Emenecker outlines challenges for operational safety and extinguishment efforts in abandoned buildings
It is as important to identify new facilities in the community as it is to reevaluate “completed” facility preplans, writes Eric G. Bachman.
Fire officials must get into special care facilities and improve their intelligence of facility characteristics and fire department limitations, writes Eric Bachman.
Garden apartment fires may not be a walk in the park, but the well-trained fire company should be prepared for the challenge. David DeStefano shares some tips.