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2. Size-up upon arrival at the fire:
• What do you have on arrival? What’s the building? Where is the fire? Where was it? Where is it going? What’s the plan?
• What do you want to do? What is the goal? Protect the exposures? Put the fire out? Rescue the people?
• What resources do you have to do that with? What is coming on your first-alarm assignment? Does it match the problem you just sized-up? What do you want to accomplish? Stretch three-inch or 1¾-inch lines? Two-inch lines? A deck gun? Do you need to go inside? If so, how many floors do you want searched? Where do you want it vented?
You know the drill. The point is that you are much better off pre-planning ahead – pre-planning every aspect of your community, well before “that” run comes in. In the case of the MCFD, firefighters were faced with some extremely unusual challenges, and they planned for them well before there was a problem. Good stuff we can all learn from. n