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Fire Service Pre – Incident Planning. “ Before We Respond”. Peter Vlahos, Lieutenant Bloomfield Twp. Fire Department (MI). Objective.

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fire service pre incident planning

Fire ServicePre – Incident Planning

“Before We Respond”

Peter Vlahos, Lieutenant

Bloomfield Twp. Fire Department (MI)

objective
Objective

To gain a basic understanding of the importance and purpose of pre-incident planning and how to conduct a thorough pre-incident inspection of a given target hazard in his/her community.

overview
Overview
  • Purpose of pre-incident planning
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1620 Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident Planning
  • Types and uses of pre-incident plans
  • Steps for conducting pre-incident plans
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Firefighter Fatality Cases – Reported and Pending
purpose of pre incident planning
Purpose of Pre-incident Planning

Pre-incident Plan- A systematic method of gathering and recording facts for the purpose of problem identification / analysis and information retrieval.

purpose of pre incident planning cont
Purpose of pre-incident planning cont.

Reasons for Pre-incident planning:

  • Identify target hazards in the community
  • Identify problem areas requiring built-in-systems to reduce life and property losses
      • Fire sprinkler system
      • Early warning detection – smoke detectors
      • Compartmentalization – smoke doors
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Purpose of pre-incident planning cont.

3. Identify Fire Department Limitations

4. Access to right information at right time

5. Aids in speed of decision making

6. Reduces guesswork based on lack of or poor information.

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National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1620 - Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident Planning:

Recommended practice which addresses the protection, construction, and operational features of specific occupancies to develop pre-incident plans for use by responders to manage fires and other emergencies using available resources. Pre-incident planning involves evaluating the protection systems, building construction, contents, and operating procedures that can impact emergency operations.

types and uses of pre incident plans
Types and uses of pre-incident plans

Types of Pre-incident plans:

  • Hazards to firefighters – a written description of inherent dangers to firefighters
    • Hazardous materials
    • Building Construction
    • Shafts/drop-offs, etc.
types and uses of pre incident plans cont
Types and uses of pre-incident plans cont.

2. Floor plan – detailed interior diagram, including:

  • Each floor
  • Location of Fire Protection Systems
  • Utility / maintenance rooms : Gas, electric, water
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Types and uses of pre-incident plans cont.

3. Plot plan – drawing that displays an outline of target buildings and surrounding area:

  • Accessible and inaccessible areas for fire equipment
  • Roads, buildings, obstacles
  • Apparatus placement
  • Water Sources
steps for conducting pre incident plans
Steps for Conducting Pre-Incident Plans

1. Make appointment – state purpose as information gathering 2. Approaching Building a. Exposures b. hydrant / water locations c. road access to site 3. Exterior Inspection a. construction / dimensions b. fire escape / stairway c. Fire department connection (FDC) d. Means of egress / ingress e. Obstructions

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Steps for Conducting Pre-Incident Plans

4. Interview owner / manager/ occupant(s) a. Explain purpose of visit b. Nature of occupancy/contact information/hours c. Number / location of people d. Contents e. Handicapped 5. Roof inspection a. Building layout b. Construction c. Exposure problems from roof vantage point d. Firewall location and condition e. Methods of ventilation

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Steps for Conducting Pre-Incident Plans

6. Interior Inspection a. Each floor - sketch of all pertinent findings - Utilities, EXITS, fire department equipment access b. Attic Area – note construction c. Life Hazard 1. Types of fire loads 2. Hazardous Materials 3. Storage Locations d. Extinguishing and alarm systems

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Steps for Conducting Pre-Incident Plans

7. Conclusion a. Review all information- research any information that may be unfamiliar. b. Estimate and discuss potential fire problem(s) c. Determine strategies and tactics d. Review all information with all employees and shifts e. Organize information into a usable form f. Update and maintain files g. Keep information available for use at emergencies 1. Pre-Incident Plan Book 2. On Board computers 3. Dispatch Centers

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH FIREFIGHTER FATALITY REPORTS(NIOSH) (click on each NIOSH Recommendation for pdf report)

2/21/06 Alabama- Two Firefighters killed when struck by wall collapseNIOSH Recommendation#2 of 4 “Conduct pre-incident planning and inspections of building within their jurisdiction to facilitate development of safe fire ground strategies and tactics.” (F2006-07)

8/27/06 New York- Two Firefighters killed in commercial building floor collapse NIOSH Recommendation#1 of 2 “Consider the possibility of substandard structures when building information is not available from pre-incident plan.” (F2006-27)

12/30/06 Texas Firefighter killed by awning in commercial fireNIOSH Recommendation#3 of 10 “Conduct pre-incident planning and inspections of building within their jurisdiction to facilitate development of safe fire ground strategies and tactics.” (F2007-01)

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

PENDING Firefighter fatality reports (NIOSH)

3/7/2008 Salisbury, N.C.- Two Firefighters killed in Millwork fire: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/15525002/detail.html

7/6/2008 Teague, TX- Fire Chief killed from wall collapse:

http://www.kwtx.com/news/headlines/23951994.html

8/18/2008 New York, NY-Two Firefighters killed in commercial building fire: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/08/18/nyc.fire/index.html

6/18/2008 Charleston, S.C.,Nine Firefighters killed in furniture store fire:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/19/national/main2947210.shtml

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Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2007

Bradford Rodney “Brad” Baity Engineer 19

Louis Mark Mulkey Captain 15

Melvin Edward Champaign Firefighter 16

Theodore Michael Benke / Captain 16

James “Earl” Allen Drayton / Firefighter 19

Brandon Kenyon Thompson Firefighter 5

Mark Wesley Kelsey / Captain 5

Michael Jonathon Alan French Engineer 5

William H. “Billy” Hutchinson, III Captain 19