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Tactical Considerations Web Series: Ep. 15 - Transitional Attack with Fire Showing Near Entry Point
Jennifer Williams
October 2, 2018

In Episode 15, check out UL FSRI’s Advisory Board Member, Cobb County Fire Department Captain Sean Gray as he discusses a fire attack study tactical consideration, transitional attack with fire showing near the entry point.

One of the first decisions when arriving on the fireground is where to stretch the initial hose line. When there is fire venting from the front side, near the entry door, with no other openings on the structure, you can determine the location of the fire. By the lack of vents open in the structure, and the location of the neutral plane, it may be determined that the seat of the fire is in that compartment. In this scenario, a transitional attack may be the most effective way to knock-back, confine, and suppress the fire.

Check out our project page for reports/online training to learn more about this Tactical Consideration:

Study of the Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival


This series of videos will bring you tactical considerations from firefighter research and will feature members of the UL FSRI team and Advisory Board.

A Tactical Consideration is an evidence based concept for the fire service to consider implementing into their department to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and increase knowledge to accomplish their mission. With all of the measurements made during UL FSRI experiments as well as the vast experience of our project technical panels, several consistent themes have emerged that may be helpful to the fire service. Each of these themes is packaged as a tactical consideration with supporting text and visuals.

The application of tactical considerations depends upon many factors such as:

  • building structure and geometry
  • capabilities and resources available to the first responding fire department
  • availability of mutual aid

There is no silver bullet tactic for structure fires and these considerations are meant to increase the knowledge of the fire service and to be incorporated into training and procedures, if deemed applicable.

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UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities they serve.