Recent discussions about vacant buildings and how we should handle them led me to post this scenario.
I have my own opinion on vacant buildings which I will post later. But, the discussion can get heated, depending on who you are talking with.
It seems most chiefs are of the opinion that vacant buildings are write-offs and company officers and firefighters want to aggressively attack these buildings and perform search and rescue if conditions permit.
Without further delay, let’s move on to the scenario.
You have arrived on the scene of this fire and it has been reported vacant. It is winter and cold outside. It is just outside of town, about 2 minutes from the city limits.
There are no hydrants but you have adequate personnel and apparatus to begin operations with approximately 4000 gallons on the initial response.
What are your initial actions and how do you approach a vacant house? Why do you what you choose and what conditions were considered?
Remember, everyone has an opinion and we can all learn valuable lessons from everyone. Also, this was an actual fire I was on. So, I can fill you in on how we did in a few days.
Let’s hear it all and stay safe.