Early View of the Construction Site
Fire Conditions upon Arrival
It’s been a busy week for a couple of departments nationally with major fires at buildings under construction. A multiple alarm fire struck a 5 –story Apartment Complex in Renton, Washington that occupies nearly a full city block on Tuesday June 30th, HERE
for details. On Monday June 29th, a spectacular multiple alarm fire destroyed approximately 55 townhouses that were under construction in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. HERE
Buildings and construction sites pose unique strategic and tactical operational profiles and are considered high risk incidents to both manage and operate at.
In this scenario, let’s look and discuss some factors and issues affecting these types of incident responses. The scenario will provide the stimulus to talk about not only a given postulated incident, (i.e., the scenario) but allow us to discuss operational and safety issues we may have encountered at similar events in your own jurisdiction.
Ten Minutes in the Street:
You’ve arrived at a construction complex that consists of Type V, wood frame construction that will ultimately be an apartment complex.
It’s an afternoon response around 16:30 hours for a report of a fire on an upper floor of the construction site.
Conflicting Dispatch reports also indicate that there may be compressed gas cylinders ether in the vicinity of the fire OR are on fire.
There are approximately twenty workers on the construction site.
Wind and environmental factors are not a concern at the present time.
You have resources that are typical for YOUR jurisdiction.
Let’s discuss operational, safety, strategies, tactics, risk, concerns, known’s and unknown considerations, resource needs, incident action plan development etc.
There’s a wealth of discussion points here, so get engaged and let’s hear your comments, thoughts and concerns.
Also, if you have a past incident to share with insights and lessons learned, please share them. We’re all here to learn.
Other resources HERE, HERE