The Fire Scene: Nothing Showing

Have you ever heard an officer say “nothing showing” on arriving at an alarm location? I often wonder what that means to the other firefighters responding to that location. Does it mean there is no condition to deal with? Does it mean you can slow...


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Using the term “nothing showing” simply stated can only have negative effects on the operation. It may cause the first-arriving crew to enter the building not properly or completely equipped, or it can cause the later-arriving units to unnecessarily slow their response or lose their focus on the potential emergency situation they are responding to. Remember, “nothing showing” means nothing! n