First Due Friday; 2-Alarm Commercial Job! (Video)

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 are on either the first arriving Engine or Truck (your choice). You arrive to these heavy smoke conditions in this commercial building with multiple mixed occupancies. Give us your SIZE-UP, CREW ASSIGNMENTS & RECEO VS considerations. Enjoy!

NOTE: Safe Firefighter Instructor Jason Joannides was on the the first arriving Truck, so post your comments and we’ll get the “first-hand” version at the beginning of next week.

  • RESCUE profile
  • EXPOSURE considerations
  • CONFINEMENT issues
  • EXTINGUISHMENT strategies/tactics
  • OVERHAUL considerations
  • VENTILATION strategies/tactics
  • SALVAGE considerations
  • PLEASE REMEMBER…We want to critique this video, however First Due Friday is a CONSTRUCTIVE tool! Mudslinging comments WILL NOT be posted. Thanks and enjoy!
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  • harrison says:

    Looks like fire’s in the top floor somewhere, whether it be cock loft or actual apartment. I’m thinking apartment with extension to attic space.

    As far as units go, initial dispatch is
    4 engine
    1 aerial
    1 heavy rescue squad
    2 fire department ambulances (firefighter/paramedics on board)
    3 chiefs/commanders/captains

    I would like a 2nd alarm which will bring me 2 engines, 1 ambulance, 1 aerial, 1 chief

    Obviously assign RIT, Safety officer, Request resources for rehab, PIO.
    I’d like a ventilation group leader along with a suppression group leader just in the interest of receiving progress reports and chain of command.

    Engines will have thier hands full with suppression, search and high rise packs
    Trucks will determine how far fire extension is spread however the LT wants to do it, whether it be forcing doors and poking holes in ceiling or getting on the roof and cutting inspection holes.
    Squad and 1 ambulance are RIT.


    Next move:
    With one engine on scene, lets have them start working on hoseline deployment should there not be any entrapment/victims.

    -Building is safe to enter for primary search and offenive attack. Primary via second in truck and have law enforcement ensure no confirmed entrapment

    -Offensive attack on this one, at least to start out on. High rise pack time!
    CONFINEMENT issues
    -Attic fire? Trench cut if needed. Interior crews need to check overhead for sure.
    EXTINGUISHMENT strategies/tactics
    -Direct offensive attack, high rise packs. We’ll pump FDC’s should the building be sprinklered, which I think it is because I think I hear a water flow alarm.
    Re-evaluate extinguishment in about 10 minutes to see if progress is made. If not, we can switch to defensive, but unlikely.
    OVERHAUL considerations
    -Can’t forget about floors below.
    VENTILATION strategies/tactics
    -Looks like an L shape building perhaps. I need a report from a truck company regarding progress of fire in attic space. If need be, a trench cut shall be done.
    Uninvolved apartments closest to cameraman are low priority.
    SALVAGE considerations
    -Worry about this later. Again, can’t forget about floors below.

  • Dave says:

    Like the initial assignment,unless some construction feature is hampering efforts, pull ceilings and gain control.

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