Archive for December2010

Chicago LODD and Old School Thoughts on Firefighting in “Vacant” Structures

The topic of firefighting in so-called vacant buildings is always an interesting, and sometimes heated, kitchen table discussion. I wanted to share some points of consideration that have been passed on to me when operating at fires in vacant buildings.

The What, Where & Why of the First Line

Nothing does more to improve safety on the fireground than correctly stretching, positioning and using the first attack line (sorry Truckies). The question is, do we take our most effective life and property saving skill for granted? Do you know the WHAT, WHERE & WHY before and/or during the initial attack line stretch? This post asks these questions and offers some discussion to the most fundamental fireground tactic.