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  • #16
    And Now....

    To answer Bob's question, If a building has an unusual shape we burn it down so it can be replaced with a rectangle JUST KIDDING. Using the number system with 1,2,3,4, covering the rectangle or square building, we add a number as needed, for instance, an "L" shaped building can have sides 5 and 6. Hope that clears it up. Stay Safe....
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    • #17
      As the SCFA teaches ICS, we use the ABCD designation for horizontal sides of an incident and the 1234 designation for vertical indications. This information comes from the FEMA/USFA/NFA-ICS Student manual.
      Its pretty close to what Hwoods was descibing except we drop the side 1 quadrant A to designate the left front corner and call it the A-B corner...if it was a multistory structure the same corner on the 3rd floor would be designated Division 3 A-B corner.
      Like I said before, whatever works for your department.
      Just as long as its consistant.
      Last edited by Roofhook; 07-31-2003, 06:02 PM.
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      • #18
        Here in New South Wales, Australia we use the A-B-C-D system starting from the street front and going around the building clockwise. If more than one street front, ie the building is on a street corner and has two frontages, the one with the main entrance is "A". Vertical levels are designated numerically.

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        • #19
          Typically we use the address side of the building to designate "A" and then clockwise assigning "B, C, and D."

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          • #20
            Appreciate it, hwoods; that has always been my logical conclusion, anyway. The IC, during size-up/walk-around should note the shape of the structure and make a quick sketch of it. The main reason I ask is that we are in the process of updating our preplans and putting them on disk so that we can use laptops in the field.
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