Aerial View of Street
10 minutes Operations Charlie Side
Ten Minutes in the Street: The Big House
You’ve arrived at what’s resulted to be a working fire within a large residential occupancy. The original call stated there was a fire in the lower level projection entertainment room and smoke was evident. The family and friends in the residence at the time evacuated. The house was built in 2005 and is over 4500 square feet, consisting of three levels. ( Engineered systems are present throughout the structure).
The Charlie side has a large wrap around deck and is on a lower grade than the Alpha side. It’s a weekend evening, mild outside temperatures, with moderate sustained winds reaching upwards of 20MPH; stronger gusts appear to be increasing. You have four engine companies on scene, a truck company and a rescue company and ems.
All engine companies are 4 person staffed, the truck has 5 and the rescue has six staffing. You have two battalion chiefs, a safety officer and the Incident Commander. RIT was dispatched, however they are not on-scene at this time.
· Upon arrival, an engine company accessed the interior and located the seat of a progressing fire in the lower area of the occupancy.
· The fire has been gaining in magnitude and severity and is extending. A second engine crew is working backup with handlines.
· Observations at the 10 minute mark indicate that the fire is beginning to be fanned and whipped by escalating winds that are entering the Alpha side. Additionally the fire appears to be extending into the upper eaves and roof and there is an apparent suspicion that there is a wind driven fire affect taking place within the roof and Charlie side. ( See Charlie Side photo for 10 minute mark conditions)
You have other mutual aid and greater alarm resources available, that have yet to be requested. You have the option to assume either one of two operational positions.
Choose either the Incident Commander or the Safety Officer.
· What can you project to be happening?
· What are the risks present to operating companies?
· What needs to be done, when and why?
· What’s the occupancy/ building risk profile?
· What are the strategic or tactical issues that you need to address?
· What’s the safety risk profile for the personnel on the scene?
· Do you committee more personnel for interior operations? IF so, why and what are the reasons and the risks for doing so?
· What are your options for continued operations?
· What’s your Safety Plan?
· How much time do you have, before things get worst; than they appear to be getting?