The ability of first-arriving officers to rapidly assess the scene and set an initial action plan into motion will have a tremendous effect on incident outcome.
The things firefighters fail to notice on the fireground can hurt them. Joe Pronesti reviews some things to look for when sizing up Main Street buildings.
Michael J. Lopina stresses that responders must be exceptionally vigilant when sizing up and addressing the hazards at fires in a building made of lightweight construction and offers safety tips.
In the context of ventilation and flow paths, Mike Ciampo reviews door size-up and reading smoke when it comes to forcible entry.
"Other than the overall conditions, the windows may be your best indicator in that five-second walk from the rig to the front door," writes Alexander Degnan.
Controlling the air means controlling the fire. In this Training Minutes video, Sean Gray and company demonstrate a 360-degree size-up with a emphasis on controlling the door for ventilation purposes.
Size-up must always include a risk/benefit analysis to truly identify the critical issues on the fireground to allow you to make critical decisions.
Tom Sitz tells us what company officers should be looking for in a video.
How would you and your crew act at this fire? Review the video and related training articles with your firefighters.
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.