Fire suppression for fires in row house occupancies present unique challenges to firefighters that include: multiple avenues for fire travel within the structure; direct exposures on sides B and D; and older building construction features such as plaster-over-wood-lath.
The incident command must select an appropriate strategy and tactics for implementation based on incident conditions; this is especially necessary for row-house fires. The aforementioned characteristics can enable fire to quickly travel within concealed spaces, rapidly changing the size and scope of the fire. Commanders must constantly be asking themselves: Is my strategy still appropriate for the conditions? Are my tactical operations having a positive effect on the fire?
Size-up of the fire must continue until the conclusion of the incident.
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- If you were going to assume command of this incident, what is your assessment of the incident conditions when the video begins?
- What would be your on-going assessment as the video continues?
- The ability to read smoke is a key incident commander skill. What information can you derive from the smoke conditions during this fire?
- Based upon your initial size-up, what would be your strategy and tactics?
- Based upon your continuing size-up, are the tasks being performed by the firefighters in the video in line with your strategy and tactics?
- If not, what adjustments would you make?
- You've been appointed as the safety officer for this fire. What's your safety assessment of the incident scene?
- What recommendations would you make to the incident commander?