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Urban v Rural Size Ups

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  • #16
    Originally posted by johnsb View Post
    I'm all for using short, concise, RELEVANT size ups. If I say "Engine XXX on the scene of a one story ranch, nothing showing, we're investigating", that should tell you all you need to know and not clog up the radio with needless chatter. I don't need to say what the road conditions are, everyone pretty much knows what they are by now. I don't need to say what kind of construction it is, because 99.9% of the time a ranch is going to be ordinary frame construction.
    I may add for other units to stage if it's a dead end street or something, but they should already know the street layout anyway. If it's a more complicated layout, with immediate rescues needed, etc., I'd add that as necessary.
    I can't stand Chiefs that can't grasp the obvious. One yelled at an officer for not stating "water on the fire", after he said "We're hitting it with the deck gun"... Do we really have to be THAT redundant??
    Once again it seems we have dual meanings for the term size-up.

    There are those who define it as what gets reported over the air.

    There are those who define it as all of the information collected at the scene that is used to determine strategy and tactics.

    I guess I'm a purist. I want size-up to be the latter and the information put over the air to be referred to as a preliminary report.

    Both the size-up and the preliminary report need to be tailored to the department involved. As you stated, it is not necessary to classify a ranch as a frame if every ranch within 50 miles is a frame. Where I work there could be a pure frame, a pure class 3, a block built with lightweight metal studs and a fully fireproof all on the same block. And they could all look very similar from the front due to renovations.

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