Tactical Fire Problem – “Taxpayer” with People Trapped

This week we are talking about a commercial taxpayer building (Commercial on first floor, apartments above) during a daytime fire, with people trapped. Take a look.


1.) How do you distribute the first seven people you have on scene.? A 3 person engine and a 4 person ladder.

2.) Which person is in the greatest danger?

3.) When you have a rescue with people showing at windows, what is the greater risk you might face?

4.) What length of line will you need to get to the second floor fire apartment?

5.) Based upon conditions on the first floor, where could the fire be?

Leave a comment to submit your answers to share them, or email me privately and I will get back to you.

Tactical Fire Problem – Tire Recycling Plant

This week a very particular occupancy. Even if you do not have a facility like this, you should be able to work out a plan.

1.) What kind of heat release rate will you get from tires, compared to normal class A combustibles?

2.) In the absence of a suppression system, what is your plan of attack?

3.) What is the haz mat problem with the melting tires and burning petroleum liquid residue?

4.) What are the other potential hazards to firefighters operating interior?

5.) What are the interior exposure problems and how will you protect them?


Tactical Fire Problem – Moving Van

This week we look at a simple vehicle fire…….or is it? You decide, take a look here.

1.) How much initial attack line should be stretched? (Length and size)

2.) How many “rooms” of fire loading can you suspect?

3.) What is your overhaul plan?

4.) How many highway lanes should be blocked, or is standard single lane blocking enough?

5.) What does your highway emergency plan say about operating in heavy smoke on the highway?


Tactical Fire Problem – House Fire “in the attic”

This week we have an attic fire in a new construction home. At least one occupant is home at the time of the fire. Take a look.

1.) Black smoke pushing from an eave line and someone greeting you on the front porch, what is your first action?

2.) How long of a hose stretch will you need if you determine an interior attack will be used?

3.) How quickly will this fire spread, based upon the time it will take you to stretch?

4.) Could the presence of the homeowner indicate that he may have been involved in the ignition, or could it indicate that he may have attempt to extinguish causing a delay?

5.) What is the overall strategy for this incident?

Tactical Fire Problem – Fire in a candle store

This week the fire is in a storefront used for displaying and retailing decorative scented candles. Take a look.

1.) What does the potential BTU load have on your incident action plan?

2.) What does your size up tell you about the smoke at the front of the store but there appears to be visibility inside?

3.) How do you deploy the resources available to you on the first alarm?

4.) What other factors must be considered in this scenario?

5.) How big is the inventory storage room?

Tactical Fire Problem – Chemical Leak

This week we have a chemical leak at a commercial facility. What do we do?

1.) What is your first action upon entering the building to investigate?

2.) What steps would you take to identify the material? (Name 3)

3.) What affect does the quantity of material have on your decision making process? (if any)

4.) What is the difference between exposure and contamination?

5.) How long will your department be on scene for this scenario?

Tactical Fire Problem – Your Fire Station!

This has happened many times throughout our country. What is your plan?

1.) If your members respond from home what have they been told to do when they respond to the station and see this?

2.) Do you have a detection and or suppression system in your building? What is the total value of all apparatus and equipment?

3.) If you are a career department, have you ever had an evacuation drill? What are your members supposed to do? Fight the fire or evacuate the apparatus?

4.) Do you have an automatic aid plan for another department to respond to your station? Have the mutual aid firefighters preplanned your station for utilities, shut offs etc.?

5.) DO SOMETHING!! After reading this post, have a discussion within your department and your mutual aid partners. Go t town hall or city hall and request sprinklers for your facility. Take an action!

Tactical Fire Problem – Old Dynamite

This week it is not exactly a fire problem, but a hazardous materials incident / bomb squad incident.

You are called to an abandoned construction company and this is what you are presented with.

Take a look.

1.) What is the correct DOT Guidebook number to use?

2.) What is the significance on the crystallization on the wrapping?

3.) What is the most likely trigger to a detonation?

4.) What procedure do you have in place at your department to handle this?

5.) What is the appropriate safety zone for your apparatus and personnel? What factors determine this?

Tactical Fire Problem – Old Stone Farmhouse

This week we look at a basement fire in an old stone farmhouse with a victim. Take a look and see what you think.


1.) Because of the age of the structure, does that enhance fire spread to the victim, or buy the victim some time? Why?

2.) With a bare minimum crew of four personnel arriving on the first engine, what actions would you take first?

3.) Does the position of the victim and the fire give you any challenges as it relates to laddering the building?

4.) Based on your experience what are the contents of this area?

5.) List five considerations for operating with fire below you.

Tactical Fire Problem – Rural Barn Fire

This week we look at a rural water supply operation with a large barn fire. (Barn B A R N, not B O N!)


1.) Assume for this scenario that the nearest water supply is at a minimum 3/4 of a mile away.  What is your plan?

2.) What size line (s) and what flow will you use.

3.) Do you open the main sliding doors to the main barn? If so when?

4.) What could the two chutes on the front of the building indicate to you? What kind of danger would this represent to you?

5.) Based upon volume, what rate of flow would you have to sustain for 100% involvement?