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I understand that all buildings, for various reasons, will not get a 360 performed on it during a fire. But, for those that we do get to job around, we need to understand what we are looking for.

I recently spoke with an acting officer and asked him what he was looking for when performing a 360. His answer was "fire."  I asked what else? The answer came, "ways in."  We need to make sure we are taking advantage of the information being made available to us while we are circling the building.

This post is going to focus on some basement indicators.  The pictures shown below are just examples of things you might see when making the round.  Keep in mind that at night you need to take a hand light.  For example, the wood behind the basement windows below may not be noticeable with shining a light in the windows on the way around.


We must pay attention to what we are looking for when conduction the 360. As you can see, we may be faced with some very challenging situations.  Not only do we need to be aware during the initial arrival, but the RIT will need this information as well.

As always, follow you own operational guidelines and train hard.



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Kelly, I'm speechless! Thanks for the education.
Great post Jason as always and I agree a 360 is to gather as many critical factors that you can and not just to look for fire! I would also love to see this expanded out to see what everyone is looking for!
Hi.  There is so much information to be gathered from the 360, as you all have alluded.  I take a TIC with me now so I can investigate exterior thermal footprints that may give an indication of fire location on the interior.  Very useful for heavy smoke conditions without visable flame.  It can give the game away prior to entry, and provide us with the best ventilation considerations.  The officer's 360 is a really busy time for them.  All good decisions are only based on good information.  The information required to make good decisions is not automatically beamed into an officer's head upon arrival, it must be gathered by the officer and the 360 is one of the most effective information gathering processes.  Firefighters also have a responsibility to be observant and communicate information to the officer to assist in the information gathering process.  Operations prior to decisions based on that information should be limited to those required to save life that is in imminent danger.  A few seconds delay while information is being gathered and processed gives the officer the opportunity to make the best decisions, allows firefighters to prepare adequately and observe conditions, will ensure the operation goes smoothly and may even safe lives.

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