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Report of Heavy Fire Upon Arrival
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Alpha Street Side
Alpha-Bravo View from the Street
Charlie Side-Fire in the Rear Porches
The bells come in right after your last bite of dinner for a reported fire in multiple-occupancy residential. The building is located on a steep sloping road that you know all too well. The address sounds like it’s in the middle of the block and you start thinking about the other series of large houses located on the street and the exposure issues each provides. It sounds all too familiar, as you’ve “been down this road before”.
As the Engine Company winds down the street you can see that unmistakable glow in the night sky, slightly blurred by the street lights. It’s no mistake; you know you’re going to be rolling in on a working job in a few seconds.
As the Engine slows at the bottom of the street, you take a glance up the road and you know you’ve got a working structure fire. The Engine comes to a stop at the bottom of the road and you confirm the order to pick-up the hydrant. You’ve got a four staffed company and you’re ready for some work.
Engine Company 21 comes to a stop on street side and looks like you’re going t establish initial command. You observe from the Alpha side the glow of heavy fire in the rear (Charlie-side) and can readily see fire somewhere on the roof from your current vantage point of the front seat of the Engine.
Here’s what we have ahead of you;
• Large wood frame residential, with multiple occupancies.
• Actual occupancy load, undetermined at present
• Heavy fire, extending
• Balance of alarm assign is coming ( Based upon what you would have on the box)
• There are/may be exposure concerns at some point that you’re thinking about
• It’s night time shortly after dinner, on a Friday evening.
• The temperatures may be dropping rapidly due to an ensuing cold front coming in soon
• Your immediate next incoming company is the Truck Company, four person staffed
As the First-Due Engine Company Officer;
• What’s your radio transmission upon arrival for conditions and status?
• What are the immediate priorities that must be initiated?
• Describe what you see related to Building Profile, Occupancy Profile and Fire Conditions?
• How will this type of building perform, and what can be expected based upon its “Predictability of Performance?”
• What do you expect your assignment and task(s) to be after you turn over command?
• What does the Engine Company need to do and when?
• What’s the Risk Assessment and Risk Profile telling about this structure?
• What do you expect to happen in the next ten minutes of operations?
• What are the Two (2) most significant safety concerns to firefighting personnel at this type of fire, occupancy and structure?
"Did I hear that Second Alarm get transmitted yet?".....
...oh, BTW, Dispatch just transmitted there may be unaccounted for occupants based on a cell phone call from distressed occupants in the street.....