You Make The Call

Structure Fire Strategy

Jackson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 responds to this Willow Point working structure fire in Jackson, N.J.

Jackson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 responds to this Willow Point working structure fire in Jackson, N.J.

You face challenging fires all the time. You’ve received training to assess different types of fires and determine the best firefighting approach. In each issue of Community Fire Protection News, we’ll show you a real building fire and ask you to “make the call” on a number of different measures. Just reply to this e-mail and tell us your answers. We’ll include the results in the next issue. Review the house fire in this photo and answer the following questions:

  • What are your orders to the first-due engine company?
  • What are your orders to the second-due apparatus (ladder, squad, rescue, tanker, etc.)?
  • What are your immediate safety concerns for responding firefighters?
  • What is your initial strategy — offensive, defensive attack, or combination?

ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule

Our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) is free to chiefs and other fire officials. It's a manual containing the criteria ISO uses in reviewing the fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas. Go to Fire Chiefs Online to access your complimentary copy of the FSRS. If you're not yet registered, register here.

H2O and ISO

Water supply and distribution systems are important factors in determining a community’s ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC®). We provide complimentary educational training and seminars to water providers and associations throughout the country. Contact Anthony Zampella, national water resources manager, at 908-821-7689 or e-mail azampella@iso.com for more information.

ISO and Verisk websites

  • isomitigation.com
    ISO Mitigation Online for community officials; learn all about ISO’s PPC® program and BCEGS® program