Tactical Fire Problem – Recycling Facility

This week we have a fire inside a large warehouse recycling facility.


1.) What is the best method of extinguishment here? What could be used to assist in extinguishment?

2.) What are the products that may be found here? How will this affect your operation?

3.) What is your plan for overhaul? How will this be accomplished?

4.) Based upon the size of the building are there any ventilation challenges?

5.) Besides normal structure fire precautions, are there any additional safety concerns here?

Tactical Fire Problem – Warehouse Fire

This week the Tactical Fire Problem is a warehouse adjacent or attached to a large store.

1.) What is your Brief initial C A N report? How do you describe the warehouse? Is it One story, or do you describe the height?

2.) What is your initial attack line and where does it go?

3.) Name three challenges that the chain link fence poses?

4.) Identify 3 safety challenges posed by this incident?

5.) Are the sprinklers operating or not?

Tactical Fire Problem – Storage Building

This week we are looking at a structure fire in a storage building/


1.) As you look at the building with no markings, what other information can you find in this response that might give clues to contents?

2.) Looking down the “D” side estimate the length of the building.

3.) How advanced is the fire based upon smoke conditions?

4.) The smoke condition appears to be emanating from a horizontal joint near the roof line. What can this tell you about possible construction, if anything?

5.) What is the attack plan? How many lines, what size, and where and how?

A Fire Behavior Discussion

This is a short video discussion about the current national debate concerning fire behavior research. This has been a polarizing debate in some cases and it is the intent of this video is to look at both sides of the equation and realize that there are multiple solutions, depending upon your department resources, and what fire you pull up to. This discussion also focuses on firefighter safety.


Firefighting Today Weekly Roundtable – Fire Service Expectations

This week the panel will discuss the expectations of the fire service. What does and officer EXPECT of their personnel? What do the personnel EXPECT of the Chief and officers? What does the public EXPECT of us? What does city government EXPECT of us? One identified, how do all of these expectations affect us? What do we do about them.
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Tactical Fire Problem – Commercial freight elevator

This week we have a problem in a commercial freight elevator.

1.) What type of building would you find a freight service elevator like this? What is the age and/or construction of the building?

2.) What are the ventilation considerations if this is in the basement or lower level?

3.) Is the fire contained to the car or is smoke spreading from somewhere else, depending upon floor it is located on?

4.) What could the contents be?

5.) How do you make entry and/or operate, or secure this car?


Tactical Fire Problem – Car Near Building

This week we take a car fire but our exposure is a wood frame building. Is it “just a car fire”?

1.) What is the standard response in your FD for a car fire?

2.) What is your first priority when you arrive on scene? (Trick question here, think about it)

3.) What size attack line and where? (Another trick question!!)

4.) Have you ever recreated this scenario in one of your in service training drills?

5.) Tank water? Supply line? Enhanced water stream with agent or foam?

Tactical Fire Problem – Fishing boat at the dock

This week the Tactical Fire Problem is for my friends at the coastal communities that may or may not have any shipboard firefighting experience. Just because you may or may not have the specialized experience, you might still have the fire!

Take a look.

1.) Name three differences between fighting this fire and a “standard” structural fire?

2.) How much fuel might you find on board one of these vessels?

3.) Have you ever been on board and/or preplanned one of these vessels if you have them in your response area?

4.) What other agencies might be involved in assisting you for this emergency? What is their response time to your area? Have you trained and preplanned with them?

5.) What is your initial attack pan, and brief initial report or C A N report on this incident?