First Due Friday: Row House Fire

Share your strategies, tactics and experience!  Every Friday we’ll post a picture or video and want to get your take on the situation.

THE SCENARIO:  You’re wearing all the hats today! You’re dispatched to a reported “structure” fire.  It’s the middle of the week during Christmas vacation and the neighbors don’t know if the kids are there or not.

  • What is your initial report?
  • Where is the fire?
  • Where is it going?
  • How many lines do you anticipate for this fire?
  • What size AND length line would you use?
  • HOW MUCH OF A PRIORITY DO YOU PLACE ON SEARCH?
  • What search tactics would you use?
  • What type and where would you vent?
  • What tactics are a priority?
  • What are your assignments for YOUR crews?
NOTE: Source of photo unknown

2 Comments

  • glenn says:

    What is your initial report?

    on scene, end of the row 2 story attached townhouse, heavy smoke showing sides Alpha Charlie, offensive ops

    Where is the fire?
    2nd floor front bedroom and into hallway

    Where is it going?
    into attic and balance of 2nd floor

    How many lines do you anticipate for this fire?

    2-4 lines total, 2 into the original fire building (main and back-up), 1 or 2 into exposure, depends on fire separation between occupancies

    What size AND length line would you use?
    1.75 with 150′-200′ length for all of them unless fire conditions drastically change

    HOW MUCH OF A PRIORITY DO YOU PLACE ON SEARCH?

    high priority for quick primary search of second floor before line advances

    What search tactics would you use?

    interior search

    What type and where would you vent?

    horizontal via windows. light weight construction, if fire gets in attic it will quickly collapse. 2nd truck might make observation cut into exposure roof if fire appears to extend

    What tactics are a priority?
    primary interior search and hoseline advancement

    What are your assignments for YOUR crews?
    engine secure water, advance hoseline, truck interior search then complete horizontal ventilation

  • Cody Sharpe says:

    What is your initial report? Central I have a multiple dwelling unit heavy smoke showing 1st and 2nd floors.
    Where is the fire? It appears the fire is on the 1 possibly second floor.
    Where is it going? It will go towards the other units.
    How many lines do you anticipate for this fire? Well to be honest I will attack from sides 1,2,and 3 and I would also open up the roof for ventilation.
    What size AND length line would you use? Well I would probably use an inch and 3/4 with over 1500 feet of line.
    HOW MUCH OF A PRIORITY DO YOU PLACE ON SEARCH? Its a priority but not so much a high priority, I would send a team in with a line to determine if there is anyone home.
    What search tactics would you use? Read above
    What type and where would you vent? I would cut holes in the roof
    What tactics are a priority? A high priority would be on defense trying to keep it from spreading to other units in the complex.
    What are your assignments for YOUR crews? Attack the fire, search and rescue, ventilation, and protecting other structures/units.

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