The Fire Scene: The Role of the Safety Officer At a Structural Fire

When was your most recent working structural fire? If you are like me, you probably remember just about everything you saw and did while at a structural fire. Whether it was a fire involving a house, a commercial building or an old, vacant apartment...


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4. Master-stream use. Once master streams are employed at a structural fire, two things are almost certain – the building is lost and the degree of danger around the perimeter of the building rises dramatically. Master streams can knock down walls and send bricks and debris flying hundreds of feet. Firefighters must be kept out of these hazard areas while the streams are in use.

These are just a few of the many reasons a safety officer is not a luxury, but a mandatory part of the incident command team at structural fires. n