“Expect Fire” San Francisco Weekend Apartment Fire over Commercial Occupancy

Worker in Noe Valley neighborhood goes to two alarms on a Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters in San Francisco responded to a working fire in the Noe Valley neighborhood on Saturday afternoon. Fire on the third floor in a mixed occupancy building went to two alarms before being brought under control. The structure housed a Radio Shack on the ground floor with apartments on the second and third floors.

Clickable Google Maps image of Side Alpha:

Pay attention to the second video of how the truckie gains access to the top floor and roof.


Ask your shift to consider the following:

What structures are like this in our first-due area?

Will it be difficult to spot the first-due truck because of limited parking or because of customer and tenant parking?

What are the normal paths of entry to access the floors above?

How will my roles and responsibilities change depending on the location of the fire floor?

Should the engine company delay the initial stretch until location of the fire is confirmed by the first-due truck?


Related information on first-due truck company responsibilities:

Know the Role of the First-Due Truck Company Jim McCormack, FireRescue Magazine 2010

Duties of the First-In Truck Company Officer Michael Dugan, FireRescue Magazine 2010

Know Your Role on the Roof Randy Frassetto, FireRescue Magazine 2010

Increase Your Truck Crew's Productivity Peter Kurtzie, FireRescue Magazine 2008


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