Room of refuge


By Mark van der Feyst

When conducting high-rise or low-rise operations, establishing a place of refuge. For the most part, protected stairwells will serve as refuge areas as this is where the standpipe will be connected.

But what happens if the apartment is too far from the stairwell or if quick refuge is needed? One idea is to establish a safe area of refuge in the adjacent apartment.

When approaching the fire apartment, force the door of the apartment prior to the fire apartment to see the layout and establish a place of refuge should you need to evacuate quickly. Leave the apartment door slightly open for quick access. Seeing the layout will help with the search operation in the fire apartment.  

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