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FDIC 2020: High-Rise Firefighting Accomplished Through Battle Planning

Chief Gerald Tracy, FDNY (ret.) at FDIC


(Bryan Tracy, YouTube)


Gerald Tracy
Battalion Commander (Ret.)
Fire Department City of New York

Monday, April 20, 2020
8:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.


The focus is on preparing “Battle Plans” for high-rise fires and other emergencies that are appropriate for the level of conditions you will face on the fire floor.

Go beyond your standard operating procedures (SOPs) to combine battle planning with building intelligence.

Preincident planning, even when used in conjunction with SOPs, has been shown to be inadequate when the tactics do not match the conditions encountered. These battle plans are tailored to the duties and responsibilities of command through unit operations and for the building, specific floors, zones, spaces, or apartments.

According to the location and level of fire conditions, the tactical approach and modes of evacuation, if appropriate, are determined in advance.

Extinguishment operations and the disciplines and methods of smoke management are discussed from the perspectives of occupant and responder safety.

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