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Engine Company Tactical Traps

Wednesday, April 26
We have all been there'at the fire that goes sideways that we struggle to get back on track. When tactical mistakes happen early in a fire, things tend to continue down that path. These fires happen all too often, yet we fail to address the real issue: bad tactical decisions. Tactical traps are all over the place on fire scenes and are often overlooked. This class will discuss several common ones at discount auto part stores, dollar stores, and all Type 2 construction buildings. It covers fortified rear doors, partition walls, heavy fire loads, access to balloon frame void fires, cockloft and attic fires, basement fires, electric cars, hoarder conditions, and vertical stretches. Your initial tactical considerations will dictate the outcome of the fire. You only get one chance to set the tone for the entire fire.
Steve Robertson, Lieutenant - Columbus (OH) Division of Fire