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?

Tactical Fire Problem – Pier Fire

This week we move away from our standard structural and suburban incidents and move toward the shore line a bit. Take a look.

1.) Have you pre-planned your piers? I once operated on a pier fire that reached over 600 feet out into the water. Length of the stretch and pumper access? How close can you get?

2.) What is the construction like and what will it take to extinguish creosote soaked timbers?

3.) How are you going to deal with the “under” pier fire?

4.) What marine resources do you have to assist you, and can they get access to the underside?

Can you use foam or another agent and what are the potential risks if any in using it?

Tactical Fire Problem – Train

This week the Tactical Fire Problem is for our folks that cover railways and train emergencies.

1.) How much fuel could you anticipate in a railway locomotive fire?

2.) Do you have track areas that are both diesel and electrified?

3.) What is your plan for a locomotive that may be in an area of the tracks that is very remote?

4.) What steps will you use to identify the consist and potential exposure of other rail cars?

5.) What are some of the other concerns that might be considered here? What other agencies will be involved?

Tactical Fire Problem – Gas Station Emergency

This week a small spill and fire at the pump islands. Take a look.

1.) Based upon your initial size up, how big a deal is this really? Give an initial report in the C A N format.

2.) What might be the significance of the flame appearing over the canopy?

3.) What does it indicate to you that the extinguishing system has not fired yet? What effect will that have your operations?

4.) Describe your actions, how  will you handle this?

5.) What is the capability of your engine company to stop a flaming fuel running spill? Have you thought about it?

Tactical Fire Problem – A Motel Fire

This week another fire at a small wood frame hotel.

1.) How rapid would the fire spread in this type of occupancy?

2.) What will be the most effective tactic to quickly save lives with minimum manpower?

3.) Is this a fuel limited or vent limited fire?

4.) Based upon this video are you there early or late from the fire start?

5.) What does the fact that this unit door is open indicate?

Tactical Fire Problem – Police Car Fire

I know, I know there could be a million fire and police jokes made about this, but give it a minute to think about it.

1.) Is there any significance to the ground fire at the front of the vehicle?

2.) What other hazards might be found in this vehicle as opposed to others?

3.) What is the difference in ammunition not in the weapon, vs. a loaded firearm?

4.) In This case the vehicle is unoccupied. Supposed it was occupied with a prisoner locked in the back?

5.) What is the attack method and plan?

Tactical Fire Problem – House Fire

This week we take a look at an older colonial style home, heavy fire floor 1.

1.) What factors might give you the age of the house?

2.) What does the age of the house indicate to you about potential fire spread?

3.) What is your first method of attack? What size line and where?

4.) How would you deploy your first 4 personnel on scene?

5.) What does the age and type of the structure and the geographic area indicate about possible water supply issues?

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?