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Late last year I was back in Kansas for a funeral and saw this building while in Hutchinson. Lets say your pulling up as the first due engine company with your 2nd due engine approx 4 minutes out. You have fire showing on the top floor with the possibility of people trapped as well...How is this building going to change your tactics or is it?


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Comment by Chris Naff on May 4, 2011 at 3:59pm

Sorry, Wednesday's Question!


Comment by Dan Rice on May 4, 2011 at 12:59pm

Though we do not deal with many building over two stories in my jurisdiction Operating off of our standard response and initial arriving unit assignments things would not differ that much for us.  Depending on amount of fire you’ve got we would have to make one of two decisions. First if the fire is very active and a quick attack can be made to the seat of the fire then by all means remove the danger from the victims. Second option is if you have a fire that is difficult to track down and you can safely to a search then removing the vics from the hazard might be your best option. These blocked windows must remain in your head while making your decision and the fact that your active fire could potentially be blocked by these covered windows is another concern. It would be a shoot from the hip scenario for the first arriving company officer if this isn’t a pre-planned structure so I can’t say what my FOR SURE plan of attack would be. Good picture though man, really makes ya think about the issues that might arise. Be safe

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