Tactical Fire Problem – Manufactured Home

This week we are looking at a fire in a newly delivered, (temporary stairs, no railing) newly occupied manufactured home.

Take a look below, answer the questions in the comment area if you want.


1.) What do you know about the construction and on site delivery methods of manufactured homes?

2.) You arrive with a three person crew on the first due engine. Due to additional calls the second due apparatus is 6 minutes out. What do you do with your crew?

3.) With such short staffing and an injured child, how do you handle the situation with the mother?

4.) How big is this fire anyway? What size line (s) and how long will you be on scene.

5.) What do you know about the connection methods and void spaces in a manufactured home. Do you know where the manufactured homes are in your response area? Do you have any two story modulars?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


Stay safe and stay thinking!

Pete Lamb


Safety On the Roadways – Respondersafety.com

Respondersafety.com is the goto resource for you and your fire department to operate safely on the roadways. There are lots of great things and 10 or more action items you can get from this episode, and Jack and Steve provided me with a great list of references and resources all found below.


Roadway Incident Safety References and Resources

Compiled by Jack Sullivan CSP, CFPS – ResponderSafety@gmail.com

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI)


(ERSI) ResponderSafety.com – Learning Network

http://learning.respondersafety.com/Promo.aspx – Video explaining the Learning Network

http://learning.respondersafety.com/Default.aspx – Learning Modules

ERSI Model Safe Positioning SOP – Safe Positioning While Operating in or Near Moving Traffic

Available as a free download from http://www.respondersafety.com/Training/Downloads.aspx

ERSI Model SOG Cone & Flare Deployment at Roadway Incidents

Available as a free download from http://www.respondersafety.com/Training/Downloads.aspx

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute – News and Incident Reports


NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Highway Work Zone Safety


National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Causes of Police Deaths (1995-2004)


U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.


United States Fire Administration – Emergency Vehicle Safety


United States Fire Administration – Roadway Operations Safety


USFA/FHWA/IFSTA – “Traffic Incident Management” for fire and emergency service providers.


Federal Highway Administration – Emergency Transportation Operations

Traffic Incident Management – http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/tim.htm

Federal Highway Administration – Managing Travel for Planned Special Events


National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA 1500, 1901, 1917, 1091 & other related standards available at – www.nfpa.org

American National Standard for High Visibility Public Safety Vests

(ANSI/ISEA 207-2011): http://www.safetyequipment.org/c/std207-2011.cfm

American National Standard for High-Visibility Safety Apparel & Headwear

(ANSI/ISEA 107-2010): http://www.safetyequipment.org/c/std107-2010.cfm

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2009 Edition (12/2009)


The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2009 Edition

Chapter 6-I. – Control of Traffic through Traffic Incident Management Areas


The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 2009 Edition

Examples of Traffic Incident Management Area Signs


Evaluation of Chemical and Electric Flares (US Dept of Justice)


NIOSH – Building Safer Highway Work Zones: Measures to Prevent Worker Injuries

From Vehicles and Equipment (DHHS/NIOSH Pub. No. 2001-128):


NIOSH – Traffic Hazards to Fire Fighters While Working Along Roadways


NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigations and Prevention Program

Investigations Involving “Struck By Vehicle” Incidents:






NIOSH Report 99F-27 – August 5, 1999 Incident in Oklahoma

2 Career firefighters were struck on an interstate; one was killed.

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face9927.html

NIOSH Report 99F-38 – September 27, 1999 Incident in South Carolina

Firefighter dies after being struck by a tractor trailer truck.

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face9938.html

NIOSH Report F2003-37 – Oct 27, 2003 Incident in Minnesota

Assistant chief is struck and killed at road construction site

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200337.html

NIOSH Report F2003-16 – Feb 23, 2003 Incident in New Jersey

Fire police captain dies from injury-related complications after being struck by motor vehicle

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200316.html

NIOSH Report F2003-13 – Mar 18, 2003 Incident in Texas

Firefighter killed while walking across an Interstate highway

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200313.html

NIOSH Report F2002-38 – Jul 01, 2002 Incident in Minnesota

Fire captain killed, two fire fighters and police officer injured when struck by a motor vehicle

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200238.html

NIOSH Report F2002-35 – Jun 08, 2002 Incident in Florida

Off-duty career fire fighter dies and another fire fighter is injured after being struck by a truck

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200235.html

NIOSH Report F2002-18 – Apr 11, 2002 Incident in Kansas

Fire chief dies after being struck by a fire truck at a motor-vehicle incident

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200218.html

NIOSH Report F2007-26 – July 27, 2007 Incident in Illinois

Fire Fighter Dies When Struck By a Bus While Working Along an Interstate Highway

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200726.html

NIOSH Report F2010-06 – Feb 12, 2010 Incident in Pennsylvania

Fire Police Captain Dies After Being Struck by a Motor Vehicle at a Controlled Roadway

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201006.html

NIOSH Report F2010-36 – November 13, 2010 Incident in South Carolina

Fire Fighter Killed, Another Seriously Injured When Struck By a Vehicle at Grass Fire Along Interstate

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201036.html

NIOSH Report F2011-23 – September 18, 2011 Incident in Iowa

Fire Fighter Struck and Killed While Directing Traffic at an Interstate Highway Incident

Available on the internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201123.html

International Association of Chiefs of Police – Traffic Incident Management (TIM)


I-95 Corridor Coalition Incident Management Core Competencies Online Training


I-95 Corridor Coalition Incident Management Clearinghouse


The I-95 Corridor Coalition Quick Clearance Toolkit


Improving Apparatus Response and Roadway Operations Safety in the Career Fire Service

by the Div. of Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine of the International Assoc. of Fire Fighters

(IAFF) – http://www.iaff.org/hs/EVSP/home.html



Tactical Fire Problem – Fire in a downtown Taxpayer.

The tactical problem this week is a commercial building in a downtown area.


1.) Based upon your first alarm resources, how would you deploy tour personnel and apparatus.

2.) What would be the starting pump pressure using an 1 3/4″ line with a smooth bore nozzle for the line reaching the fire floor? How long is that length of line?

3.) How many personnel will it take to search the upper floors? How long will that take?

4.) How long will you be on scene?

5.) How many major fires of this magnitude has your department had? How many of your members were present at that fire? Does the lack of practical experience in fires of this type affect your decision making?


Thanks! Stay safe, and stay thinking!

Pete Lamb

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