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Size-Up Videos and Tactics for the First-Due Engine

Tuesday, April 16
Engine Company

Raw fire scene videos are used that start prior to fire department arrival or just as operations are beginning. The videos are then broken down at the strategic and tactical levels with the emphasis on the first-due engine. Discussions innclude points of entry and their pros and cons, flow path identifications, predictions that are made and how they may influence the first line, building construction with emphasis on extension routes and how it can affect tactics. Direct, transitional, and blitz attacks are also discussed based on what we see in the videos and gallons per minute are broken down based on fire volume. After the videos, case studies are reviewed of similar fires in similar styles of construction with the lessons learned.

Tom Sitz, Lt. - Painesville Twp