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NFPA 1700: How should the IC make the decision for implementing an offensive strategy?

Discussion created by cfloyd Employee on Dec 19, 2017
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is currently developing a Guide for Structural Fire Fighting. This guide addresses fundamental knowledge of fire dynamics in structures to help identify strategy and tactics supported by science-based research for effective and safe firefighting.    
The current draft suggests that the decision for implementing an offensive strategy is predicated on the ability of the IC to consider the most effective and safe attack positions for all fire suppression personnel, while the decision for implementing a defensive strategy is predicated on the incident’s hazards outweighing the ability to safely operate inside the structure. [NFPA 1700: 9.10.2 & 9.10.3] The fire service is mixed on this approach, indicating that firefighting has inherent risks and the public expects to be rescued and have their property saved.  
9.10.2 The decision for implementing the offensive strategy is predicated on the ability of the IC to consider the most effective and safe attack positions for all fire suppression personnel. The following tasks should be performed: (1) Operate on the intake portion of existing and potential flow paths. (2) Operate on the upwind side of the structure. (3) Operate on the same level or below the fire.
9.10.3 The decision for implementing the defensive strategy is predicated on the incident’s hazards outweighing the ability to safely operate inside the structure.
What are your thoughts on this? Please visit www.NFPA.org/1700next and submit a public input on this or any other section of the document.  

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