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Look for secondary means of egress for basements too.
We have all heard and been taught to do a 360 of the structure during a working fire.

There is some debate, but this is becoming common practice and there are several things to look for.

The picture is a bulk head for a basement. We have always been taught and trained to look for and create a secondary means of egress for upper floors. Well, it’s no different for basements.

When you make entry, especially if the fire has not been isolated, make sure that either you open it during the 360 if it’s not locked or that the information is relayed to the next in crew to cut the lock.


Cut the locks to ensure crews can exit if needed.
It may be as simple as cutting a padlock or as difficult as forcing a door or security bars.

It is important to create this exit to safety for the crews operating inside. It might just be what saves their lives.

Stay safe, be smart and train hard.

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Thanks for the great post brother!

Often these are over looked or felt that they are not important especially when they are covered in snow or by vegetation. Even if the fire isn't in the basement the bulkheads could provide valuable access for looking for extension or more important for rescue in the event of a floor collapse.

Stay safe
Great post Jason, far to many times, we miss things on a 360 that could save our behinds!

Stay Safe, Train to Survive!

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