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    Question UNERGROUND PARKING, Fire Attack in

    We have several large buildings going up in our (once upon a time) small city, all have underground parking. Does anyone have any Operational Procedures (Operational Guidelines for us Canadians) outlining your departments procedures for fighting fire in underground parking?

    Any comments, thoughts and/or OP's/OG's are welome!

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    We also have several large buildings which have the underground parking garages. Most are senior assisted living complexes which further complicate matters. Fortunetly, all of ours have sprinkler systems installed per our local ordinance.

    1. We always hook up to the FDC
    2. We send in a line on the first floor to check for extension
    3. Any search teams entering the garage use search rope. We treat the garage as a large, wide open search.
    4. Ventilation will be difficult as to ours have one way in and one way out. They do have egress stairwells going up to the interior first floor.

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    You also have to consider the enormous potential fuel package you have that will be proportional to the number of vehicles in the garage. When you have a vehicle with 5-10 megawatts of potential heat release energy, coupled with 8-9 foot ceilings, you have a potentially ugly place to be. If the fire is not controlled early by the fire suppression system, there is a possibility of the fire overwhelming the system.

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