Hey everyone.
I am the Assistant Chief for a volunteer department. This will be a bit confusing to explain I'm afraid but here goes. I need your input please

I have been developing a first person scenario, classroom based training exercise for my firehouse. My main goal is to mentally put the men in different situations so they have to think and react on a seconds notice. This whole thing is moderated by a person that keeps the scenario flowing and offers up the different situations that the firefighters will be facing. The scenario that I am working on is a two story wood frame structure (raised ranch styled) residence, called in as a confirmed structure fire. (hydranted district) What I am hoping to get from all of you is your experience with different problems that I can throw at them along the way. I have a list already but I want to pick some brains and see what comes up that I have not thought of. These problems pertain to the following specific areas and can pertain to the officer, The driver and the back step.

1. In Route.-ie heavy traffic, no house numbers.
2. Arrival on scene (1st due)-ie.person leaning from window or green smoke grey windows.
3. Pre Entry-ie. No water pressure or hose line kinks
4. Second Due tanker -ie. truck positioning, water supply issues
5. Entry-ie. blackout conditions, ventilation
6. Interior- ie. roof collapse, floor collapse, disorientated firefighter
7. Fire suppression-ie loss of water, flashover
8. Egress- ie. ??
9. Over haul- ie.??

Any suggestions would be helpful . Im hoping you all can come up with some ideas. Most of the guys are probies so the experiences of those that have been there done that will help. Feel free to post with any questions.

and THANKS!!!!!!!!!

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Ted-- Fantastic suggestions! This is exactly what I'm looking for. Its tough for us as we are in a combo department and our main job is to support the career guys in any way that we can. This usually means a second or third due response from us. There are instances however that we will be first due and in control of a situation. With limited exposure to these real situations I need to make sure these guys, especially the probies, are as mentally prepared as they are with actual physical training. I will take your suggestions to heart and let you know how it works out. I will definately check out the fire simulator. That seems like a fantastic tool.

Dear Rob,

I worked on a two-story wood-frame house fire scenario for Fire Engineering's web site, under the guidance of Chief Frank Montagna. Chief Montagna has a lot of great suggestions for varying these types of scenarios in his size-up document. This is a free scenario to use. Check it (and others out) by clicking here: http://www.pennwellblogs.com/fireengineering/simulations/.

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