Ten Minutes in the Street
A Buildingsonfire.com Series
Interactive Scenarios, Where YOU Make the Call
After a slight hiatus, Ten Minutes in the Street is back, beginning its Summer Tour bringing you insightful and provoking street scenarios for the discriminating and perspective firefighter, where you make the call. You don’t have to have any special rank to participate in this interactive forum, just the desire to learn and expand you knowledge, skills and abilities in order to better yourself, create new insights, while sharing your experience and perspectives to help you and others in the street in making the right call; so everyone has the opportunity of going home.
Ten Minutes in the Street: “I Hear Ya Knockin’; But Nobody’s Home”
Volume 10, Number 7
The bells and tones hit, the radio crackles with the alert of a report of a fire near a building- its 02:45 hours on a warm summer morning. The Communications Dispatcher recites the address a second time when you realize it’s near an address you had a run to right after dinner, earlier in the evening. Your company had a small trash fire outside a vacant building near that address in your second-due area. Nothing big, but your company was in and out of there in a short period of time.
You’re the company officer riding on the ladder truck this morning. As the driver pulls up on street side, you can see the glow of a developing fire from the rear of the structure on the Charlie side. The structure is a two story, brick and joist (Type III) building. The occupancy is unoccupied and the second floor apartments appear vacant. The building is located at the end occupancy in a row of five other party-wall connected buildings.
As you complete a quick 180 degree assessment on the D-C Side it’s obvious you have a rapidly developing fire that is communicating into the building on two floors. It’s more than a fire next to a “the” building. The engine company is a few minutes out and the chief is out a few more minutes than that. So you’re in the street, it’s 02:56 hours and it’s you, your company of three firefighters and your apparatus. Oh, did I mention two patrol cars just arrived?
· What’s the Risk Profile of the Building and the evolving incident?
· What inherent factors are present within buildings of Type III construction that all the operating companies need to be aware of?
· How do you address Vacant or Unoccupied Occupancies? Is there a difference? Do you have SOP/SOG’s that address this?
· Give us a quick overview of your pending actions; What’s your initial incident action plan (IAP)?
· What’s the primary tactical profile for this incident, how are you going to address assignments and tasks? What are they and why?
· What is the Ten Minute milestone; what do you expect to be doing or have happen after ten minutes have elapsed after your arrival?
· Safety Issues; what are they?
· Officer’s Choice: Tell us something that you think is mission critical for this incident.