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Size-Up Videos and Tactics for the First Due Engine

Monday, April 24
This highly dynamic and interactive class uses audience participation as a key component. 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 all the emphasis being on the first-due engine. Heavy emphasis will be placed on points of entry and their pros and cons and flow path identifications and predictions and how they may influence the first line. Building construction is discussed 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 also broken down based on fire volume. After the videos, case studies are reviewed of fires in similar styles of construction and occupancies with lessons learned.
Tom Sitz, Lieutenant - Painesville Township (OH) Fire Department