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Interior structural firefighter” is the gold standard in the American fire service. Most people who join a fire department do so with visions of entering burning buildings, wearing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and performing the numerous...


Interior structural firefighter” is the gold standard in the American fire service. Most people who join a fire department do so with visions of entering burning buildings, wearing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and performing the numerous tactics required inside these structures. But...


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All of the tactics described here are vital. Size-up, portable ladder operations, ventilation and defensive handline tactics can have a dramatic positive effect on a structural fire operation. Fire departments where staffing limits the ability of the on-scene personnel to perform these jobs also limit the chances of the operation coming to a successful conclusion.