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    Default First thing to do at a Trailer Fire

    You arrive on scene of a trailer fire, What is the first thing that you would do?? First piece of equiptment??

    Lets say its a Double wide, or a single?


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    The best thing is to get water on the fire as quickly as possible. With their cheap construction, these things go up incredibly fast.

    Here's an excellent article on this subject:

    The Dangers of Mobile Home Fires
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    Get water on the fire ASAP, and of course attack from the unburned side to try to save some of the owner's possessions. If you attack the fire from where you see it on the outside you will push the fire throughout the trailer and will burn down the trailer...

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    Be careful not to stretch lines under the cars...they could fall off their blocks and cut the line

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    Put water on the fire, fast.

    From the unburned side, if there is one.

    Most of our trailers are located in a neighborhod that takes 10+ minutes to reach from our station, so there usually ain't much to work with by the time we reach them.

    The ones we do have something left to work with are because they've put on one or more woodframe additions over the years -- little bigger structure, and a bit better supported. Be careful, 'cause they can have a really confusing layout compared to either a standard trailer or a standard home.

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    Whatever local building codes you think apply---forget it! They only have to comfrom to HUD standerds which are pretty low!
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    Be wary of propane tank BLEVE, and very often an elderly's O2 tanks and/or O2 generators going off, it doesn't appear surviving a rupture is likely, and they can go off surprisingly early in an incident.

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    Take the sides out of them, if you have to. It's easy to make extra doors in most of these things. If someone is trapped or lost in a trailer, rip the sides off the cheesy thing. Big water, fast.

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    find out what part of the house they keep the gas cans in. belive it or not one of the first things i have found out is that at least 60% of these people keep gas cans in the house . lots of water fast .
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    Here's an "after" photo of a double-wide that was fully envolved when Engine 1 arrived on scene. It took crews seconds to remove the siding, allowing much better access to the fire. A 2 1/2" line was used in the initial attack, flowing 250 gpm. It is very easy to remove the siding on most homes like this.
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    I agree with most of you, in that it is important to get big water fast. But you have got to open them up! Often times, without venting, as soon as the lead guy opens the door to the trailer, BOOM!
    You can get away with that tactic for houses, but a trailer? It's like a big tube.
    Don't become complacent during over haul. Lots of little booby traps to watch for here. And yes; I have seen cases of motor oil, gas cans, paint cans, gas grills, gas furnaces, kerosene heaters and more in these "inexpensive living quarters".
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    Originally posted by E229Lt
    Be careful not to stretch lines under the cars...they could fall off their blocks and cut the line
    ROFLMAO, That is #1 around here, well, that and making sure you don't trip over one of the 150 hound dogs that ran out from under the porch.
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    They ALLOW dogs at a trailer park?
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    I always enjoy the chipboard flooring. After water has been on them for a few minutes, they turn to mush and you go right thru them. This has happened on almost ever major trailer fire we have been on. Just makes the mopup more interesting.

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    I will start off by saying I disagree with a few of the posts here. Manufactured homes are awfully scary things! We have a very large "manufactured home" plant about a mile from my station, and I've seen how they're built and what's in 'em! That said....

    Assuming no life threat and heavy fire/smoke conditions, I'm gonna' be punching a window with my stream (booster tank....not even gonna' hit a hydrant...if I need more than 1000 i'm screwed) as I advance on the building and knock this thing back a bit before I enter (1 3/4" crosslay with a fog nozzle on a straight stream -fog nozzles not my choice...it's the depts :-( ). I'm not usually a big fan of the transitional attack, but here time is of the essence even more than usual. I want to get water onto this fire as quickly as possible. I know I may push the fire and smoke/heat back into some of the unburned, but that problem should be quickly alleviated by following with an immediate aggressive interior attack and simultaneous coordinated venting. The point of all these ramblings is this: If you don't cool that thing down very quickly, you might as well let it burn...there will be nothing inside worth putting anyones life at risk. If you DO get there and cool it down quickly, you take care of all the other problems (within reason )like BLEVE, smoke explosion (think of how likely that is in this small contained space), etc.

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    Originally posted by waterboy1
    I always enjoy the chipboard flooring. After water has been on them for a few minutes, they turn to mush and you go right thru them. This has happened on almost ever major trailer fire we have been on. Just makes the mopup more interesting.
    Yep. I wasn't on but my buddy and his partner were making I/A on this double wide a few years ago when they both went through the floor. Thankfully, the backup guys were both huge and yarded them out by their collars! They both got some decent burns, but nothing real serious.


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    Originally posted by ChiefReason
    They ALLOW dogs at a trailer park?
    Allow them? Around here, I think they MANDATE them.

    Good points by all. The post about propane tanks is very valid around here. Many homes have tanks very near the trailer so it may get the first line.

    We also pull the sides off if needed and like CR said, if it hasn't vented on its on, make sure you handle that before you send someone inside.

    Be VERY careful around older trailers. Newer ones are built to a much higher standard than those 20+ years ago. Having said that, the old ones may just be safer for us. They're usually gone when we get there.

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    I usually kill the juice first--- trailers have a lot more conductors than a stick built house. Most places mandate an outside disconnect on trailers, so that helps. We use our piercing nozzle a lot.

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    Hey Nozzleman...tell us more!

    Any special technique to "peel" back the sides like that, or just whack a halligan/pike pole up near the top and pull???

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    Ya, How would you go about pulling the side of a trailer?

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