First arriving: How do you attack this fire?
A known explosion, heavy flames and strong wind present challenges for the first-arriving crews; how would you lead and attack this fire?
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When a structure fire is the result of an unidentified explosion, the incident commander and all personnel on scene must be cognizant of three possible outcomes: structural instability, damaged utilities lines (gas and electric) within the structure, and released natural gas or propane within the structure that will intensify the fire.
- What does your size-up of the situation reveal?
- What would be your incident action plan for this fire?
- Was truck placement ideal?
- What would be your tactical priorities and how would you prioritize them?
- What would be your safety message that you communicate to your tactical leaders as you assign them elements of your incident action plan?
- What factor does weather play in attacking this fire?
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