Not Your Average Vehicle Fire: Commercial Vehicle Tactics

Commercial vehicle fires significantly compound the risks that firefighters face at passenger vehicles. From increased and varied fuel loads to limitations with accessibility, this article reviews tactics and strategies.


Vehicle fires pose considerable safety risks to responding units and firefighters, and commercial vehicle fires compound these risks significantly. Fuel loads, flammable and hazardous material exposure, coupled with limitations in accessibility and resource deployment can make these incidents very perilous (Photo 11). Identifying the materials that you are dealing with and bringing the right amount of resources to handle the problem early will help in mitigating the incident quickly and efficiently.

Until next time, stay focused and stay safe.

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MICHAEL P. DALEY is a lieutenant and training officer with the Monroe Township, NJ, Fire District No. 3, and is an instructor with the Middlesex County Fire Academy, where he is responsible for rescue training curriculum development. Mike has an extensive background in fire service operations and holds degrees in business management and public safety administration. Mike serves as a rescue officer with the New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 and is a managing member for Fire Service Performance Concepts, a consultant group that provides assistance and support to fire departments with their training programs and course development. You can reach Michael by e-mail at: FSEducator@aol.com.