Level II Live Burn

The members of this team shall attack a fire which has extended beyond one room.

General Live Burn Information

Level II - Large Fire Tactics
The members of this team shall be made up of firefighters of Level I ability that will attack a fire which has extended beyond one room. The objective is to stop the forward progress of the fire and to gain control of the fire.

Each student is acting as team member rather than in an individual learning situation. The instructor will be nearby, but the students will make all decisions regarding attack methods. The instructor will be there for support and/or any corrections that may be needed. The team members should be communicating with each other, and with command via radio when necessary. Fight the fire according to local protocols, as a team, and as your experience leads you. Your objective is to extinguish the fire, but the instructor may stop you in order to facilitate lighting fires for the next team.

Level II fires are larger and require more water. On this drill our number one mission is to get this fire under control. That means we need to knock down the fire in all areas involved. We are not as concerned at this point with water damage. The environment will be well over 212 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore, it is recommended that you limit the use of fog streams so as not to disturb the thermal balance and bring heat and steam down on the crew.

The crew will perform an outside size-up. Look for location of the fire in the structure (first, second floor, basement) (side A, B, C or D), the location of the fire in individual rooms (which way are the flames moving? i.e. right to left, or is it coming from a closet?), and structural concerns such as fire in the attic (look at roof vents).

Attack Team Members

Depending on the experience level of the attack team members, our instructors will attempt to increase the difficulty of controlling the fire by: building fires in closets, making sets behind doors, blocking the fire with doors, furniture, or other “stuff” which may require the crew to pull the area of origin apart.

Check hoseline for pressure, volume and nozzle pattern, and your communications (portable radio) prior to entering.

The attack team is wholly responsible for their hoseline. Work as a crew to bring enough hose into the structure, especially if going up stairways, and/or deep into a structure.

The backup team will only address immediate life threats and will not put out fires behind the crew unless a life hazard exists.


Continual Evaluation
The attack team must continually evaluate the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of their actions. If the fire is not immediately being brought under control, the crew’s progress is stalled, or the crew is generally “taking a beating,” back up and reevaluate. There may be a need to attack for a different direction including backing out and knocking the fire down from the outside. Back the crew to a safe position, and consider your options and reorganize.

Teams are evaluated on the effectiveness of their attack, communications, teamwork, awareness of safety concerns, safe work practices (i.e. hoseline maintained to provide a safe escape and not pulled over banisters or railings), effective use of water (potential water damage), and effectiveness of ventilation to support the attack. Overhauling the fires will only be a consideration with regard to flare-ups behind the crew which jeopardizes their safety, and how well the crew reacts to these conditions if they occur. The instructor may stop the crew prior to complete overhaul.

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