Store Fire Tactics

Fires in stores and other commercial occupancies are severe threats to our firefighters. More firefighters are killed per alarm in commercial fires than any other fire. Fortunately store fires are not everyday affairs, but as a result many departments try to apply “house fire tactics” to store fires, with disastrous results. This class highlights the difference between house and store fires and illustrates tactics that have proven effective in dealing with these killers, including:
· Introduction: Store Fires as Injury and Death Factories
· Common Construction Deficiencies.
· Tactical Differences Between Residential and Commercial Fires.
· Hoseline Selection, Stretching & Placement
· Gaining Entry / Exit
· Cockloft Fires & Roof Operations
· Trusses & Other Lightweight Roofs
· Cellar Fires- The Firefighter Trap


About Deputy Assistant Chief John Norman, FDNY (Ret.), SOC

Deputy Assistant Chief John Norman is a veteran of more than 44 years in the fire service, including over 27 years with the FDNY, the majority of that time in Special Operations units. In the days immediately after September 11th, 2001, John was designated as the Search and Rescue Manager for the entire World Trade Center site. He served as the Chief of Special Operations and a Citywide Tour Commander. He retired from that position in 2007.

Chief Norman is the author of the best selling Fire Officers Handbook of Tactics and its study guide, and Fire Department Special Operations. He has written for such fire service magazines as WNYF, Fire Engineering, and Firehouse, and served on validation committees for the International Fire Service Training Association for the following training manuals; Ventilation, Rescue, Building Construction, and Terrorism. He lectures nationally on a wide variety of fire and rescue topics.

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