Tag Archives: situational awareness

Which Way is Out?

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This may seem a bit simplistic, but I am always surprised when I ask someone to close their eyes and hand this prop to them. After I hand them the hose I ask which way they would go to get out of a building?

What Do You See?

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As an officer that will be making the initial decisions on this building you have a great responsibility to know as much about this structure as you can. It will certainly help you to make the best possible decision about your tactics.

Repair Bay Hazards

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There are also floor level and pit hazards that need to be identified and planned for. These should be identified during inspections and pre-planning surveys.

What Is Above You?

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By lifting the tiles and breaching the ceiling, we know how far the fire has advanced before committing people into these buildings. The concealed spaces are important for initial fire attack in these situations. It might indicate that the front door is as far as you go.

Factors to Consider

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What if this was a vacant house and the you noted the same conditions and “red flags?” Would it change how you approach this fire?

Entanglement Awareness: Part 2

Here is the second video on entanglement and having the right tools to get yourself out of a bad situation. Remember, having these tools may not only save your own life, but that of your partners too.

False Exterior Walls

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Not only will it hamper rescue efforts, performing ventilation or suppression from this side of the building would be challenging at best.

Light Weight Strip Malls

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As you look at this building you can see that it seems to be a series of stores or spaces in a commercial building. Most likely a strip mall type building.

Company Discussion: Building Characteristics

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Some of you may have fought a fire or two in a building similar to this one or done an inspection at one.

Fire Officer Basics: Part 1

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Although everyone is responsible for safety and identifying unsafe conditions, the officer must continually keep a watchful eye on conditions.

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