OK, it's a Saturday night, you're here on the computer surfing away...
If you look at the Photos the fire is in the attic space look at the smoke coming out of the front peak vent. If you set up a PPV fan you will burn that house down.
This appears to be a fire that started outside by the entry area. The involvement of the decking down low is not typical. The fire may have been started by a flammable liquid spill (accidental or intentional) or possibly a barbecue mishap (tipped over by child, wind,etc). It's also possible there was an electrical short underneath decking which started this fire, but that would take longer to develope and more likely be noticed at this time of day. Can't really tell if area behind the front wall is involved yet. This area does not appear to be an interior part of structure (we would call it a breezeway in these parts). The interior of garage and house don't appear to have much involvement yet but it's getting close. Attic definitely has smoke but fire may just be starting up there.
I believe a quick attack from exterior would knock down the majority of fire. Roofing material and the gable wall end would also have to be hit quickly.
A line would be needed inside in case of extension to house or attic area.
Searches need to be quickly completed (but not at expense of handline positioning).
Thermal Imaging Camera would be a great tool to have in checking for extension.
Report would be needed from rear although I don't believe fire is blowing out the windows there (as was previously mentioned as a possibility).
I would want someone on roof to check for hot spots indicating presence and/or location of attic involvement and to perform available attic ventilation. But I would not want roof cut immediately. Wait for report from interior.
Interior team should use camera and pull some ceiling openings to check attic conditions. The same relatively small openings could be used to apply water for any light extension.
I see no need for defensive operation for this fire. Even for a smaller department. But don't try to do the impossible; safety is still a consideration.
To the one young brother who wanted to stop and write down his objectives and list his tasks. This is just not an option. While you're writing you are losing this house. This is why Incident Commanders regardless of rank or department need to have some seasoning in the field. Training and certifications are fine but they don't make for a fire chief. A "fire chief" sizes this fire up in about 10 seconds and then changes his original opinion upon good reports from (hopefully also seasoned) officers and firefighters.
I think the fire attack for me would be pretty simple. Firstly, we need to make sure everyone is out of the house. Secondly, we should move the vehicle that we see and check to see if there are vehicles in the garage. Meanwhile, one team would be putting water on the fire via exterior attack. I would then send a team in to push the fire away from the main part of the house. I would believe it is more important to save the house than the garage. Protect the main part of the house and exposures. Shouldn't take long to knock it out.
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