Thread: Please Help
05-09-2001, 12:10 PM #1langFirehouse.com Guest
I am a South African fire fighter and am not familiar with the concept of a "working fire".
Would someone be so kind as to explain to me when are you referring to a fire as a working fire.
Regards from the (almost) southern tip of Africa.
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05-09-2001, 12:24 PM #2FP&LS GuyFirehouse.com Guest
The term "working fire" has been described to mean several things. The version I believe is that it is a short version of "all hands working", meaning that all of the assigned personnel are actively enganged in firefighting. With a typical response assignment (for example), of 2 engines, a truck, and a chief, this would mean that the fire would be large enough to involve all the personnel, while a "room and contents" fire might just involve a single engine and a truck for overhaul.
So, when referring to a fire where all hands are working, it has been shortened to "working fire".
Anyone have a different or better explanation?
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05-09-2001, 01:44 PM #3SFD-129-3Firehouse.com Guest
Locally, a working fire is a confirmed fire. Not a possible structure fire, not an auto alarm. As in "Police on scene with fire from the second floor ".= working fire.
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