Tactical Consideration: Fire Showing Remote from the Entry Point
When arriving on the scene of a structure fire, the initial attack line placement may have less to do with the proximity of the venting fire to the entry point and more to do with other variables on the fire scene (location of the fire, obstructions to attack line deployment, need for forcible entry, etc.). If it is a room and contents fire, the goal would be to cool the compartment and to knock the fire back before it extends beyond that room. It could be a scenario where that could be achieved faster by conducting an interior attack through the front door, or a scenario where it could be faster to deploy the line to the rear venting fire (side C). Whichever attack line deployment will allow for the fire to be knocked down faster may be the most effective tactical choice.
The tactical choice of an interior or transitional attack should be about timing to get water into the compartment. Once initial water is applied into the compartment, the next tactical choice is how to most effectively get into the compartment to complete suppression. This too has many variables which are different on every fire. Some fires you may be able to approach the side ‘C’ window and apply water to the burning contents through the window, however on others you may not. Similarly, for interior attack, some fires you can rapidly advance to the compartment after using the reach of your stream, other times conditions on the interior prevent you from making rapid entry into the compartment. All of these factors should be considered together when making the choice on where to initially deploy the primary attack line.
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