Just wanted to put up a quick video that is already getting a lot of play and discussion over at www.statter911.com.
We have an advanced fire that has taken hold of the structure. I know I have posted about this before and there has been a ton of debate, but this in my opinion is the perfect time for an exterior fire attack with a large-caliber line. This fire has already taken hold of the structure, a small line is not going to put this out, and interior attack time is already limited due to the lightweight construction, and advanced fire.
Remember “exterior fire attack” is not defensive operations. Exterior attack is attacking an advanced fire, with the intentions of knocking it down, and then transitioning to interior attack to finish it off. Utilizing straight or solid streams prevents pushing fire into unburned areas, and hitting the fire right now accomplishes life safety, property conservation, and incident stabilization. It may not be the most “sexy”, or ego satisfying tactic, but it is effective, and can provide a margin of survivability for any victims, and the structure as well as providing a margin of safety for us.
Take a look at the video and see what you think. Most importantly show it to your crew, and discuss how you would attack this fire. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/averagejakeff
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