If you have read this blog for any length of time you will know that I love going ut in the district, I think that it is some of the best, and easiest raining you can do and usually offers a lot of “bang for your buck”. Today was no exception!
Above you see the back side of a one store in a strip mall type occupancy, While the store only carries one address it occupies three units all with a separate address. This is a big deal when orientating to the building, when having to check for fire spread, or when responding to a MAYDAY. If a MAYDAY report came out like this “I’m on side C near a door of the fire occupancy” which one would you pick since they are all doors leading to the fire occupancy, or would you discard it since you know what the address is your operating at and those other 2 simply do not match.
Whats even more shocking is what you find behind doors number 1 and 3….
Bottom line is even if you get past the door you’re not getting into the occupancy, the middle door is the only way in and while I do not have a picture of its interior it has some heightened security measures that are not impossible to defeat but could delay entry. Also there is no indication of the clutter, or security devices from the exterior. The only way to know this even exists is to find it in a walk through.
You never know what you will find in your district unless you get out there and look, district knowledge can save your life, and make you look like a rock star when you remember that obscure fact at 3 in the morning.
Like my man Rude Boy always says, “Don’t let your fireground slow you down”
If you have any things like this in your area, let us know, and send us some pics and we will put them up. Also let us know how you plan on handling them with your staffing and your department.
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