Our rural dept. has a "defensive" ONLY mode of attack, with the exception of human entrapment, where a quick search if permitted will follow. Due to the complexity and huge risk of barn fires, and those that have been severly injured/killed in LODD in the past few years, I am looking for other depts. input on thier procedures specifically for Barn fires. Water supply, staging, etc.. are a given.....and in no case should a barn be made offensive as far as interior structural firefighting.
I would like to toss in something we have practiced with. We are starting to use Quints more on our department. We will use this as an unmaned monitor through the big door that most barns have. To make it work from a port a tank opperation you HAVE to know your water flow. Our Qs are set up to have the nozzle go above the horazonal plane of the ladder. This alows an up-and-in. Place a 2 1/2 nozzle on the ladder tip and flows are kept to around 400 gpm. Our drafting target is 500-700 gpm at the onset.
Since 1969 our department puts in a "Special Call" for a back hoe upon notification of a working barn fire. By removing the fire load the lower level of the barn is often saved. Most barns in our area are dairy farms and the lower level houses the milking parlor. In that October 1969 fire and many more since the farmer was milking that night.
Barn Fires are always a defensive attack unless reported human entrapment and exposure protection is alway our top priority. We are lucky and have a decent rolling platoon of water within 10 Minutes of a second alarm. We can have over 10,000 gallons within 10 minutes and we have an 8500 gallon tanker 20 minutes out. Ever since our purchase of the Turbo Draft we can usually establish a water supply addequate enough to support most rural fires but in winter it is nice to know that you have water on the road.
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