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Engine Company Tactical Traps

Thursday, April 18
Classroom Session
Engine Company

We have all been there: the fire that goes sideways and we struggle to get it back on track. When tactical mistakes happen early in a fire, things 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 in discount auto part stores, dollar stores, and all type 2 construction buildings. We will discuss fortified rear doors, partition walls, heavy fire loads, access to balloon frame void fires and cockloft and attic fires, basement fires, electric cars, hoarders conditions, and vertical stretches. Your initial tactical considerations will dictate the outcome of the fire. It's not that we make mistakes; it's how we recover from those mistakes. Experience matters! We only get one chance to set the tone for the entire fire.

Steve Robertson, Lieutenant - Columbus Ohio Division of Fire