Modern Suburban Fire Operations

Modern Suburban Fire Operations

Instructed by: Bill Gustin

  1. Dispelling myths pervasive in today’s Fire Service.
  2. Size up:
    • “Know before you go”; consequences of committing resources prematurely
    • Benefits of a “360” initial size up of a fire building
    • Why an ongoing exterior size up is critical and can be more accurate than reports and observations from companies operating inside
  3. Apparatus positioning.
  4. Stretching the initial attack hoseline:
    • Selecting the proper size and length of hoseline
    • Teamwork and hose management; a lost art
    • Conditions when the first attack hoseline may not be advanced through the front door
    • Why “attack from the unburned side” is impractical
    • When preconnects fall short
  5. Nozzle selection:
    • Fog vs. solid stream
    • GPM vs. BTU; Determining and ensuring adequate flow
  6. Tactics for modern suburban homes:
    • Attic fires in “Mc Mansions”
    • Fires in attached garages
    • Basement fires
    • Fires involving rear decks and porches
  7. Firefighter safety:
    • Why firefighters must adapt strategies and tactics to reduce risk in modern lightweight construction
    • Avoiding two of the most common mayday situations
    • When is a backup hoseline more important than a R.I.T?
  8. Water supply:
    • Initial attack with booster tank or lay supply line?
    • LDH; advantages and disadvantages
    • Forward, reverse and split hoselays
  9. Fires in Multiple Family Occupancies:
    • Hoseline operations for apartment buildings , hotels and health care facilities; “low rise” buildings that are not required by code to have standpipes
    • Locating the fire , estimating length of hose and determining the number of firefighters to advance and operate a hoseline
    • Techniques for positioning and operating a hoseline on an upper floor, when there are insufficient personnel to perform a conventional stairway stretch
May 9 2018 – 0830 to 1700
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