Scenario: fire in a self storage facility
Time: 4:30 PM
Weather conditions: sunny, 20 degrees F., winds from the west at 10 to 12 MPH with gusts up to 30, wind chill factor of 8 F at normal wind speed.
You are dispatched to a self storage facility via a 911 call, with the manager of thr facility stating that he can see smoke coming from a row of units in the facility.
Your response is 2 Engine companies, a Ladder company and you as the shift commander in the car. You would normally have the Rescue respond, but they are tied up with a motor vehicle accident along with the Engine from the district the fire is in, so your second Engine company is at least an additional 3 to five minutes out. Your staffing is 2 firefighters and an officer on the Engines, three firefighters on the Truck, so the initial reponse has 9 firefighters plus yourself for a total of 10. The Rescue is staffed with 2.
There is a hydrant right in front of the complex. The row of storage units is at the far end of the complex, an approximate hose lay of 400 feet from the hydrant.
As you pull in, the manager states that the row of storage units has some units rented by a couple of landscaping companies, and he states that there "may be" pesticides and fertilizers in there, along with lawn mowers and fuel for same.
The storage units are metal clad with lightweight steel bar joists supporting a flat built up roof. There are 40 units in the row, the units are "double deep" 20 on one side, 20 on the other. Each unit has its own owner supplied padlock, the management has no keys to the units.
As the incident commander.... what is your game plan?