This operation depends on all companies completing their assigned task in a timely fashion. If you are unable to complete your task in a timely fashion you need to advise command of why and what you need to complete it.
All crews operating within the structure may need to be removed if communications are not consistent. PBCFR BOSS requires new construction to meet minimum radio transmission and reception standards, if the building can not meet the standard a repeater must be installed. Existing construction is exempt.
Initial attack crews should rehab in a safe area close to the fire floor. They should not descend to street level until adequate personnel are in place to maintain the firefight.
The yellow object in the lower right corner is a door marking device. Hanging on the door handle is indicative of primary search complete. Folded and hanging is indicative of secondary search complete. The black “extra” female coupling is a Zip Nut it pushes on rather than turning on to the male.
The ECF will be able to maintain accountability for the crews that ascend and hand off the information to command/lobby control. If the company is not using the elevator take the DO with them and leave the command board in the lobby.
First in companies may lose the ability to communicate. The building systems such as a PA system in the all call mode may allow for communications from the lobby to upper floors. Phones in rooms, or cell phones may be used to call the lobby if the crews have the number. Fire service phones will have jacks near the stairs or elevators.
The lowest level of smoke detector activation is a good indicator of where the fire may be – smoke rises!
When operating in fire service mode – also called phase 2 – the buttons must be held in to control the elevator.
Checking the layout of the floors below may save your life. Know the locations of hose cabinets, stairwells and apartments. Stairwells may be your only safe refuge! There is usually a diagram near the elevator or stairs.
Help the DO only to the point that they can function on their own – get up to the fire floor!
If equipment is to be carried to staging rather than moved in the elevator make sure that you assign enough personnel so that they are carrying equipment for two floors only.
Beware of wind driven fires. Winds blowing through windows can force fire out an open apartment door and down the hallway very rapidly – faster than firefighters can move. Keep apartment doors closed and close those that have been left open ASAP. Be alert for signs of wind driven fire such as windows that have no glass but fire burning in them – the wind is blowing the fire away from the window. Apartment doors with fire blowing from the peep hole. Pressurized smoke from around apartment doors. Steel apartment doors that are glowing. Consider using the piercing nozzle from the apartment next to the fire apartment to achieve knockdown.
Approved by The Fire Chiefs Association of Palm Beach County and The Fire Training Officers of The Palm Beaches
If 800-mhz radios are ineffective in a high rise building, then the simplex “talk-around” channels should be used. Simplex channels are 14A, 14B, and 15A for PBCFR system. Simplex channels have a limited range of approximately one mile.
The Incident Commander should assign a Communications Aide to monitor the working simplex channel. Dispatch is unable to hear or record transmission of simplex channels. Any assignment of alternate channels should be done prior to entry if possible.
Constantly assess the need for ventilation and request through command (if available). Ensure that a hose line is readily available and charged prior to making this request as fire conditions may change drastically with ventilation.
The following system shall be utilized to avoid duplication of effort. The high rise pack should be equipped with a piece of chalk, a construction crayon or a commercial door marking device. As crews enter a floor or room, a single large diagonal line, along with the company designation, shall be marked on the entry door.
When the floor or room has been searched, a second diagonal line is marked on the door to complete the “X”. The door shall be left closed to minimize smoke and fire spread. This can be repeated to indicate completion of secondary search.
Companies that enter the lobby from this time forward will need to be tracked by unit identification, number of members, where they are going, stairwell or elevator number being used, time they went up, air supply and to whom they will be reporting.
Remember that per the National Fire Service Incident Management System Consortium publication “Model Procedures Guide for High Rise Firefighting” it will take three companies of four personnel to keep one hose-line flowing continuously and three more companies for each additional hose-line.