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Following the ventilation and suppression studies by UL and NIST, to whom are you assigning simple things like door control? LAFD has provided some video on youtube.com of how they are handling this training and operational issue.

Do you have an overall SOP that addresses the several methods of flow path control, including door control, ventilation coordination, VEIS and conventional search isolation techniques, PPV/PPA?  Or, do you break it down based on type of structure and assignment?

If you base it on assignment, who is responsible on your department?  Is it the company officer, hydrant firefighter, second due engine, etc?

How do you do it when you have a short company?  Does it become just one more considered task that we don't have resources for in the time-compressed fire attack window?

Why do we need to make it an SOP?  Often I have assumed that for basic things like putting water on the fire, we do not need an SOP.  But when we are trying to accomplish a team skill, like extinguishing a structure fire, searching, ventilating, and doing so many things simultaneously, I believe this is something that many departments will eventually assign to someone on the fireground.  Will it simply be the company officer's responsibility as the defacto Fire Attack Supervisor at the outset?  Or, will we assign it to a certain riding position?

Single-family-dwelling fires are the obvious starting point, and easiest to tackle, so let's start there.

How are you "keeping it rich"?  Please share responsibly...

Thank you,

Dan Miller

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