First, the building:
• Three story multiple dwelling, Type V (dimensional lumber) with brick veneer
• 20 units per floor
• Center hallways, elevator equipped
• 75’ X 200’
• There is a stairwell at either end
• The east stairwell is accessed from the main entrance via the center hallway
• The west stairwell is accessed from the center hallway or has an exterior entrance
• Main entrance is on the A side, off-set to the B side (not in the center of the building)
• There is a full basement with wood storage units, laundry room, boiler room
elevator mechanical room, electrical room
• The roof is peaked (6/12) with gable ends with a common attic.
• This building is not sprinklered
• It is stand-pipe equipped. The bad news, the stand-pipe connections are in the
center hallways, about 75' from the east (B side) stairwell, not in the stairwells.
Now, the scenario:
• Friday, 0230 hours
• Light wind and 35 degrees
• Fire is on the third floor, in the last unit before the west stairwell, on the D side.
• On your initial size-up and 360, you have one bedroom that has self-vented
• Your initial response is 3 engines (4 men), 2 trucks (4 men) and a Battalion Chief
You are the Officer on the still engine, have at it. Here is what I'm looking for you to include:
- Initial size-up
- Rescue profile
- Orders for second companies
- Your actions
- Of particular interest to me is which stairwell would you use and why.
- Tell me about your line selection process and deployment plan.