I recently received an email with some pictures attached to it. The pictures were taken by Victor Dane, a firefighter in St. Louis County. †He took these pictures not far from where he works and has been kind enough to share.
As you can see, these are shipping/storage containers that are being stacked and pushed together to create a building. †Here is what Victor says about the containers and what they are being used for:
There was a Night Club called City Slickers.† It burned down and the owner wanted a building that would be fire proof and bullet proof.† These are whole cargo shipping containers.† There will be some rooms in these containers I was told. The builder told me building with these containers is very common in the South.† I need to get updated photos now.† The building now has siding all over it.† You can not tell it is a metal building.† I hope the local FD remembers this if it burns again.† The walls will be very difficult to breech.
As soon as I get updated photos I will pass them along. †We need to remember that with the economy and other factors, contractors and builders will cut corners however necessary to save a buck. †We need to also remember why it is so important to get out and know our area.
I post the importance of this frequently, but I just don’t think you can emphasize it enough. †You must know what is going on in your jurisdiction.
Make it interesting and stop at a building and put up your ladder just for practice. Sit and consider the obstacles or water supply issues with a certain area or complex. †Just get out and do it.
What will happen to the heat in this make shift building?
How will ventilation happen with the over roof?
There are a number of issues that must be identified and put into tactical considerations. †List your concerns and tactics for this building.