“Vacant Buildings” and other Random Thoughts
Coming back from a fire this morning this house caught my attention…
Located in a pretty-well vacated area of Lorain, and Temperatures right around freezing, there is NO Doubt that there could be a HIGH chance of Squatters inside trying to stay warm.
Looking pretty Structural Sound, and given a “Small” Fire I would sure hope that everyone would at least attempt a primary search and interior fire attack.
So Let’s Take it a Step Further…
The Point is: Just Because it is”Vacant” DOES NOT mean it is automatically a Defensive Fire!!
Know Your area, Look around when returning from alarms and when out-and-about, and file that information in your Slide Tray.
Why We Search: Squatters Still Here HERE
“Fall fades towards winter and as it does the homeless typically turn toward vacant or abandoned structures for shelter from the coming cold. If you have paid any attention to long-range weather forecasts you have probably heard that this year’s El Nino is expected to be the worst on record bringing everyone an extremely wet winter. Whether or not that develops as projected we all are aware that vagrants and others take up residence in long-empty structures at any point between Indian summers and blizzard conditions.”
What does Vacant Mean? HERE
Hundreds of Examples That “refute the fear-based belief that no one is inside or worth saving” WHY WE SEARCH HERE
Also look at our previous post: “Civilian Fire Fatalities, Search, and Other Thoughts”
Operational Considerations for Fires in Vacant Buildings HERE, HERE, and HERE
****RELATED: Though not a Vacant Building, something to seriously think about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for Taking the Time,