You’re in your station having just completed a drill when you’re ears perk up to the dispatch that went out for the Lakeview Apartments, Box 7248. You recall the last time your company was sent on mutual aid for a third alarm fire at that address a number of years back. Maybe you'll get a run on the box as they add more alarms.
You’re listening on the tactical fireground channel as the Officer of Engine Co. 21 is getting ready to transmit her initial command and run-down, when dispatch sends the tones and the bells hit for a report of a fire in an apartment. You’re the acting officer of the truck company and this is in your first-due area. You have a five staffed company; the box that’s being dispatched has three engines, two trucks, a chief and EMS unit responding. You’re on the street responding, it's a quick couple of turns and you can see smoke in the air as you turn the corner and have a full view of the Charlie side with fire showing from the lower apartment and extending upward.
Here’s what we’ll focus on in this Streets Scenario;
• What’s obvious and what isn’t?
• What’s the type and profile of the building and the occupancy?
• What do you expect the fire to do and why?
• What would your radio transmission consist of; What would you say upon your arrival?
• As the first-due Truck Company, what are you going to do first in your expanding sequence of tasks, what else should you be prepared to do? What assignments are you going to give your crew?
• Provide a risk profile and size-up the incident as you see it.
• What else do your observations provide you with?