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Expect Victims

We should expect occupants more than usual in this unusual time

Occupancy at 2:00 p.m. now may be the same as 2:00 a.m. (Dwayne Chaffinch photo)

FirefighterNation Staff

Two fatal fires in Los Angeles County prompted officials in the Los Angeles County Fire Department to remind personnel that in this time of stay-at-home orders fire companies should conduct their size-up with a high expectation of finding victims inside.

The incidents on April 16 involved one person dead in an apartment fire in Pomona, at approximately 10:00 a.m. and two dead in a house fire in Walnut at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Read the LACoFD Memo “Stay at Home Orders and Structure Fires”

We encourage you, as Drew Evans and Todd Szelkowski wrote in “Vigilance in the New World,” that “For the foreseeable future, every dwelling fire we run has a high potential to have someone trapped inside.  Our searches need to be thorough, fast, and aggressive.”

While actual working residential structure fires may be down in your area, we hope you follow the example from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and review your size-up, fire attack, and search SOPs with the greatest intent on arriving, expecting victims.

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