Tactical Fire Problem – You Are Off Duty…

This week the Tactical Fire Problem involves a situation where you are off duty, in an out of district area at a nightclub.  Review the story f the Beverly Hills Supper Club for an incident just like this where a career firefighter (off duty) almost did not make it out.

1.) How well prepared are you when you are “off duty”? Are you aware of your surroundings?

2.) How would you react if you had been drinking?

3.) Would your actions be different if you had a significant other with you or another loved one?

4.) Is it possible to overestimate your training and the reaction of a mob/crowd?

5.) What are you going to do?  Give your first three actions.

Tactical Fire Problem – House Fire

This week the Tactical Fire Problem is a house fire that might have some construction challenges.

1.) What is your BIR (Brief Initial Report) in CAN format?

2.) If you have two victims showing, what is the importance of doing a 360 if and when possible?

3.) What effect will the age of the building and construction features have on the fire spread and travel?

4.) With the first alarm response committed to rescue, how long will it take for water to be applied to the room of origin in a building like this? ( Be realistic!)

5.) List the tactical priorities that might need to be considered here.

Tactical Fire Problem – Terror Threat

This week the Tactical Fire Problem involves the response to a possible terror threat. Even in the smallest communities you might have a smaller venue basketball game. This happen to be a professional game with a larger audience, but take this scenario and discuss and plan for what you might do in your area with a scaled down incident, but also scaled down resources.

1.) What is the capacity of your largest venue? Do you know, are you ready for it?

2.) Take today and this week and review your MCI procedures and policies.

3.) Have you trained to interact with law enforcement in these types of incidents?

4.) How do you account for all civilians in this incident?

5.) How will you handle the fire? Are there any additional collapse issues that might be present here?

Tactical Fire Problem – Bungalow

This week we have a house fire. 9Hey that is what we are supposed to be good at right?)

1.) What have you got? How far has this fire progressed in the building?

2.) What does a single female victim in the driveway possibly mean?

3.) Where does the first line go/ What is the IAP here?

4.) On a scale of 1-10 how great is the threat of flashover here?

5.) How long would you and your department be tied up on this incident? ( How often do you think about that?)

Tactical Fire Problem – Car Accident

This week the tactical Fire problem is a complex two vehicle accident.

1.) How do you handle the fluids and ground fire? What do you have on your apparatus to help you?

2.) How are you going to size up for victims?

3.) How much apparatus will you need to handle this. How much manpower?

4.) Are there any hazards of using extrication tools and hoses around this incident?

5.) What are you going to do about the electrical issue?

Tactical Fire Problem – Apartment Fire

This week the Tactical Fire Problem is an apartment fire.

1.) Which victim (s) are in the most danger and what is your crew going to do about it?

2.) There are three victims I can see. How many cannot be seen? What is your plan?

3.) Does it matter to you that these balconies are “cantilevered”? That is to say the floor of the balcony is an extension of the interior floor joists. How does that affect fire spread and detection?

4.) How long will it take and how many personnel might it take to give an “all clear” on civilians in this building?

5.) Have you preplanned these occupancies in your community? Do you understand both the layout and configuration as well as the construction?

Tactical Fire Problem – Interior Movie Lobby

This week the Tactical Fire Problem has you answering an automatic fire alarm at a movie theater. As you enter these are the conditions you find.

1.) What is your first radio C A N report?

2.) How do you divide your crew assignments. ( Officer and 2 inside pump operator outside)?

3.) How does the size and area of this type of occupancy affect your initial and long term operation?

4.) The call indicates you received an alarm, but it does not appear there are sprinklers operating. What do you do?

5.) What is your plan to get accountability of civilians and a primary and secondary search?

Tactical Fire Problem – Hospital or Nursing Home Patient Room

This week the Tactical Fire Problem is a health care facility patient room. If you do not have one of these maybe your mutual aid response does have one.

1.) There is no life hazard in this room but what will be your evacuation strategy?

2.) What is the most important immediate thing you can do upon seeing this?

3.) Does the limited amount of smoke mean anything or possibly indicate anything to you?

4.) What is your action as the first due officer with a crew of two personnel with you?

5.) After knockdown and “under control” what other agencies might need to be notified, and what other considerations should the IC have?