Prioritizing exposure protection: Go on the offensive

Video shows Pa. crews battling two-alarm fire with significant exposure concerns

Most in the fire service are familiar with the RECEO-VS acronym, and we even discussed it in a recent column about how a vehicle fire can present exposure hazards.

First developed by Lloyd Layman in 1953, the original acronym, RECEO, stands for the fireground issues that need to be addressed on scene: Rescue, Exposures, Containment, Extinguish and Overhaul. The approach has proven useful right up to current day, particularly with the later addition of the VS – Ventilation and Salvage.

These seven items are to be considered when initiating any fireground operation to ensure crews address the whole gamut of activities.  

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