Firefighters preparing to enter a house fire.
What is your Game Plan? The scenario is posted below and comment in the comment box beneath the post.
You are the officer of the first due engine dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1300 hours. The initial response is 3 Engines, 1 Ladder and 1 Battalion; each of the Engines are staffed with 3 and the ladder is staffed with 4. Your second due engine is 5 minutes out. Each engine carries 1000 gallons of water and has a 1500 GPM pump. The hydrant is 500 feet away and will deliver 1000 GPM. Here are the specific questions to answer in the comment section below:
#1) Will you lay in your own supply or does your department typically utilize the second due for this?
#2) What size/length attack line(s) will you stretch?
#3) What type of ventilation will you use, who will perform this function and when?
#4) Will you perform a Primary Search and if so who will perform this function?
#5) Do you see anything interesting about the construction of this structure?
Feel free to elaborate on the way you would attack this fire and any department SOP/SOGs that determine your tactics.
Matt Hinkle is a Staff Instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He has over twelve years of experience in the fire service and has served in many positions throughout his career including; Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer and Instructor. He has designed local and state training curriculums, coordinated regional training events, and assisted in the development of national training programs. During his service Matt has received several awards including: Firefighter of the Year (Lafayette County Fire Department), Fire Officer of the Year Finalist (MS Burn Association), Medal of Valor (MS Burn Association), and a Letter of Commendation (City of Oxford). Matt has received over 2,000 hours of technical training in many disciplines including: NFPA 1001-I-II (Firefighter I-II), NFPA 1002 (Driver/Operator), NFPA 1041-I-II (Instructor), Hazardous Materials Technician I-II, Rope Rescue Technician I-II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Vehicle Extrication I-II, Search and Rescue Technician I-II-III, EMT-B, and Cave Rescue I-II.