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Locating the fire in a high-rise building is challenging but crucial. Stretching hoselines in high-rises is so labor intensive that we must be certain we’re advancing to the right location.

Locating the fire in a high-rise building is challenging but crucial. Stretching hoselines in high-rises is so labor intensive that we must be certain we’re advancing to the right location; it’s not a simple task to reposition the line.

But locating the fire can be challenging. In most residential high-rises, 9-1-1 callers will report the fire from the fire floor and floors above due to the smoke conditions. In office high-rises, the fire might be reported on several different floors due to the HVAC system moving the products of combustion through the duct work. Access stairs (which allow tenants that occupy more than one floor to move between their floors) can produce this effect as well. The truck company must sift through all this information and accurately pinpoint the fire for the engine companies.

Remember: The floor above the fire at any high-rise fire should be considered part of the fire area because of the possibility of fire extension and fire involvement of the floor above by access stairs or other openings in the structure.

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