First Due Friday; Water, Water, Who’s Got the Water?

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:  Large residential w/ HEAVY FIRE!  We’ll call this one a rural firefighting operation.  Could your FD handle a water shuttle operation for this?  What resources would you use for it?  What may be some other issues to consider?  What does the RECEO VS profile look like for this one? Enjoy!

Special thanks to Paul Hasenmeier for the heads up!  Keep ‘em coming Brother!








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  • Voodoo says:

    Definitely a “surround & drown”…!!!

  • Voodoo says:

    what time of day? are those POV’s occupants vehicle, or “johnny-first-on the-scene”? I see water being applied, but this thing must have been honkin pretty good before response….

  • Flash Feiring says:

    A “McMansion” in a rural area w/automatic residential sprinkler system could be controlled safely by interior fire attack. However, light-weight construction w/o sprinkler system in a rural area will probably be too unsafe for interior attack. Probable outcome will be total loss. Initial risk/benefit analysis: go DEFENSIVE.

  • h dawg says:

    Defensive, 2.5″ lines, water tenders, and lots of them, probably a strike team or two. This fire will take a lot of water and it will be a balancing act of water flow vs supply.

    Some exposures: trees. Not really worried. This house is enterable for probably another minute or two ONLY if there are confirmed victims inside. This is defensive due to roof involvment and risk of collapse, ESPECIALLY after we put all that heavy water on to the structure.
    This fire is OBVIOUSLY self venting.
    I want streams going to protect the remainder of the roof if possible, minimizing damage.

    ****I’d probably send crews inside if this was a single story, but with stairs, it’s a longer route for egress. This is an attic fire and only an attic fire.
    In a single story attic fire, you can start poking big a$$ holes in the ceiling once you walk in the front door and get a knockdown then and there.
    Hopefully that justification made sense.

    Oh yeah, call in the rehab truck cause we’re gonna be here for a while :)

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