Interior or Exterior: Where Do We Begin?

Some members of the fire service are experimenting with variations of what have become standard firefighting tactics in many departments – the “interior attack,” sometimes called an “aggressive interior attack.” The interior-attack concept calls...


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• Can narrow streams be used for this tactic or are smooth-bore nozzles required?

• Can other firefighters enter a building for search while the line is operating into the window of fire?

• If just one window is opened, could that condition allow or promote fire to be driven in that direction by an outside stream?

If you would like to take a better look at this issue, visit www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/events/2012/070312a.shtml#vid and www.nist.gov/el/fire_research/firetech/project_tactics.cfm.