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One of the most challenging aspects of learning fire behavior tactical applications is the tremendous amount of variables (unknowns) to consider. The above example for discussion doesn’t do this justice, yet the example above is many times more explicit that the normal descriptions we use to start our tactical discussions.
I often start my discussion by scoping the fire into these four areas:
3. Insulate / Isolate
5. Favorably influence the situation
6. Restore the Environment
Some training models like Brunanci’s Blue Card define and teach the scenarios extremely well, offering less variance in choosing the best tactic for the risk presented to the fire officer. Although even this system is anecdotal in many respects as to the crew leader / officer at the point of accessing the IDLH environment focusing appropriately on the strategic and tactical command portion need.
It may be of benefit to the service to reach a few very detailed standard examples to best illustrate and convey the critical variables and their tactical interventions to achieve a safe and standard outcome, both for our crews and the customer.
Fire tactical choices are, as many mandates, are often best chosen by the more experiential decision makers. Even this statement suffers from the differences in the firefighter’s home harm prevention system/s and resourcing at the response time. Lucky choices don’t necessarily need to be taught or the last decades’ set of successful choices are not always the next set needing to be taught. Our service has built a set of fire science statements (became operating principles) that some are proving to be myths or even worst fairy tales. So, every person with a set of slides doesn’t necessarily need to be at the front sharing information. Our fire slogans do not explain the science.
We may also need to create a new set of literature called current fire science theories. The print and internet media often encourages readers (sometimes the readers do it without encouragement) to accept theory as fact and often universally applicable. So I am an advocate for a set of literature called the National Set of Fire Science Notions (NSFSN) :).
If any revelation for fire tactics has emerged for me in the last 5 years of testing is that “it sure doesn’t work exactly like I thought”!