Taking command: Industrial-park fire
Given the layout of the buildings, the contents and manpower available, how would you attack this fire?
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Fires at industrial parks can present a variety of hazards and tactical challenges to responding firefighters and officers. Particularly in smaller complexes, one can find an auto body repair and paint shop next door to a carpet warehouse that is adjacent to a medical supply wholesaler.
These occupancies are generally in ordinary-construction buildings with masonry walls supporting the roof structure composed of lightweight steel or wood trusses. Or, they may be in metal-clad buildings over a structural steel framework.
In either case, the interior walls are usually constructed using sheetrock over wood or metal studs; some older buildings may have concrete walls separating occupancies.
- What is your evaluation of the tactical operations that you see taking place in the video?
- What adjustments, if any, would you make if you were assuming command of this incident?
- How does the concept of "big fire equals big water" come into play for this scenario?
- What role does fire stream management and water management play in this fire scenario and why are those tactical concepts important?
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