Tactical Fire Problem – Response to the laundromat

This week you have received a call of “the laundromat is on fire”, this building has immediate adjacent exposures. Base your decision on what you see and your experience.


1.) In your experience have you ever mistaken steam for smoke early in your career? If you have not had this experience learn how to recognize the difference.

2.) Indicate the mostly like cause of a fire scenario in these establishments? Two come immediately to mind.(yes there are many)

3.) What is the content fire load in this building?

4.) In addition to a hose line what equipment should be carried in for the initial investigation?

5.) What initial actions should be taken in relation to utilities, and what are you looking for as you examine the exposures?

Stay safe, and stay thinking!

Pete Lamb
Copyright 2013