Make the push from the front door. Depending on staffing for that day may or maynot have an OVM/shagman. Window may have to be taken a minute before the push. I like the front door in p.d.'s since it cuts the house in half we can get in there and protect the hallway/put the fire out while the search is being done. Also I feel this (opion only) increases the change of finding a victim since they do seem to go to the door they use the most. I have come across some residents jambing up thier back doors, came across one back door with a couch against it and another one with two computer desks against it. Could we have gotten in that way even with the blockage, yes, would it have slowed us down greatly and we all know that time is not on our side. I dont worry about pushing fire since we dont use a power fog attack and I know if I overwhelm the B.T.U. out put with G.P.M. and a solid stream fire goes out.
The job of first line is egress protection.
By placing the line through the front door Side A We:
Have a shorter exterior stretch
Have a shorter interior stretch
Now control the hallway
Now have faster water on the fire
WHY using the C side is the wrong move in this example
Longer exterior stretch
Longer interior stretch
Hallway control is delayed or unattainable
Possible forcible entry delays
Gates, dogs, fences, pools etc.
Delayed water on the fire
We must OWN the hallway! When your stretch is delayed fire will enter the hallway cutting off egress. Taking the line to the C side is a waste of time and effort and places the line in the wrong location.
For all of you who like the C side approach ask your self about orientation. When a real estate agent shows you a house do they take you through the C side door? No. Because now you have to FIND the hallway when you enter through the A door it is right there in front of you. Could you attack this fire from the C side? Sure you could. Would you be protecting the primary egress? NO!
This question couldn't be more simple the fire needs to go out and quickly. Fears of pushing fire, construction, and smoke are side issues to extinguishment and saving lives.