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My associates and I need to use that knowledge to keep the people in our fire department safe. That is how you must function in those situations where you are riding the right-front seat. Assess what types of construction exist and develop an understanding of how they will react under fire conditions. Acquire a building construction text and use it to develop a deep understanding of all of the construction issues you might encounter.
My next column will address three more elements of fireground size-up: occupancies, access and life safety.