Firefighters respond to any number of different types of responses. They all have one thing in common. For each response, there is need to know information that is needed in order to safely mitigate an emergency or extinguish a fire. The more of this information that you have the better will be your decisions, and the safer both responders and victims will be.
You will typically not have all of the needed information. As a result, you will have to make life and death decisions based on incomplete information. It is, however, in your best interest, to try and get as much information as is possible before making these decisions. Unfortunately many fireground decisions must be made quickly.
Prior knowledge, gained by experience, training and study will enhance your sizeup, and help make your decisions better. One form of study often ignored is the reading of the many available fire related text books and magazines available today.
My book, Responding to Routine Emergencies, offers need to know information relating to utility responses and other common fires and emergencies. The book is available from Amazon and From Fire Engineering's website. In addition I have included PDF files of my articles for download. You can find them by clicking on the Articles link at the top of the page.
I have posted tactical and safety tips for these types of incidents. You can access them by clicking on the Tips link on the top of the page.
If you would like to discuss these types of incidents or have questions about what I have written, you will find me on facebook at: Responding to Routine Emergencies: What You Need to Know