Offensive vs Defensive fire attack Essay

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Fire Attack: Offensive vs. Defensive Structural firefighting can be very dangerous and can put the lives of firefighters in situations were their decision can end up being very detrimental. History has proven when the wrong choices were made, and lives and properties were lost. From past structural events the choice of choosing the wrong attack could end up being in the papers and going to funerals for firefighters. That’s why choosing the correct fire tactic is so important. Offensive versus defensive tactics need to be made by competent personnel early and evaluated often, to ensure safety and structural stability is still intact. There are pros and cons for offensive and defensive attacks. That is…show more content…
Switching to a defensive attack means the building will probably be lost, and the only option is to go to a safer means of extinguishment. Crews will have to position the apparatus a safe distance away, and deploy a supply line to surround and drown the building and exposures. Coordination has to be very precise in the set-up of the apparatus and exposure crews to make the emergency work out correctly. Communication has to be accurate and detailed, so the command knows what exactly is happening around them. Building owners or occupants may not like this approach, but when the safety of the firefighters come into play, command has no choice but to protect their men or women on-scene. Another area of great concern is when command decides to switch from an offensive attack to a defensive attack. “The transitional period is the critical point of shifting from the offensive mode to the defensive mode or from the defensive mode to the offensive mode”(shackleford, 2009, p.104). One of the main concerns with this mode is that you are in a transition of switching in between two modes, and you could accidently leave emergency personnel without a back-up team or start a defensive attack when crews are still inside. Communication has to be made to all the crew on-scene to make sure all are aware of what’s happening. If this isn’t done appropriately lives will be in danger. A personnel accountability
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