In Episode 14, check out UL FSRI’s Advisory Board Member, FDNY Captain John Ceriello as he explains why the door closest to the apparatus should not dictate line placement.
This video also features an experiment conducted with the Milwaukee Fire Department during the exterior fire spread and attic fire project . In these types of houses, which are common in Milwaukee, MFD will stretch to the B or D side door at the C side because it directly accesses the stair to all 3 floors of the house. The front door provides access to the first floor but would make for a difficult stretch to the second floor or basement.
More often than not, the first line stretched on the fire goes through the front door. More often than not, that is where the first line stretched should go. But why? If we don’t understand the “why” behind the rule, then we will never know when to make exceptions to it. The reason for using the front door as your default entry into the building has to do with the interior layout, NOT with the door’s relation to the street. Discuss the why of line placement with your crews and when it should and should not go to the door closest to the apparatus.
For more on this consideration, check out the following project pages featuring online trainings, reports and other related resources:
This series of videos will bring you tactical considerations from firefighter research and will feature members of the UL FSRI team and Advisory Board.
A Tactical Consideration is an evidence based concept for the fire service to consider implementing into their department to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and increase knowledge to accomplish their mission. With all of the measurements made during UL FSRI experiments as well as the vast experience of our project technical panels, several consistent themes have emerged that may be helpful to the fire service. Each of these themes is packaged as a tactical consideration with supporting text and visuals.
The application of tactical considerations depends upon many factors such as:
- building structure and geometry
- capabilities and resources available to the first responding fire department
- availability of mutual aid
There is no silver bullet tactic for structure fires and these considerations are meant to increase the knowledge of the fire service and to be incorporated into training and procedures, if deemed applicable.