In Episode 18, check out UL FSRI Advisory Board Member, Milwaukee Fire Department Battalion Chief Erich Roden discusses how there can be survivable spaces upon arrival at a single-family residential home fire.
You are dispatched to a structure fire with possible occupants trapped. Upon arrival, rescue is the first priority. The commanding officer is now faced with the decision of “risk vs. reward,” weighing the potential for a victim to survive the given environment and risking crews on the interior search prior to fire control. Two things impact the survivability of a given space in the structure: the proximity to the fire and the elevation in the space. The proximity to the fire compartment relates to the thermal exposure and the elevation in the space relates to the exposure to toxic gases and thermal exposure.
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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.