04/14/11 121 W, 1 I - + 1 - 3 What Does Heavy Fire Look Like?

For your Friday discussion and/or crayon coloring, what does heavy fire look like? This one's to benefit the scanner junkies on the blog, and which includes Yours Truly. Help us calibrate our mind's eye. Using the below diagram, describe what you're seeing when you say "heavy fire" when arriving on scene. What's the quantity of the fire that "heavy" translates to? Second question, does "heavy fire" mean something a bit different after the fire's been knocked down? e.g., "you still have heavy fire in this place or that area." Thanks and please remember to color inside the lines.

Engine 23 is on scene….working fire….We have heavy fire from Division A, Division B, Division C, Division D,......and the roof! True size-up given several years ago.
RescueRanger - 04/15/11 - 11:36

Central, Im on da scene and she’s-a-burnin’. Heard this recently from a JoCo department.
TTaylor - 04/15/11 - 16:55

still doesnt beat “ close down the turkey shoot boys, its comin out the roof”
LOL - 04/15/11 - 17:00

Those are entirely amusing, but a deviation from my original question. When you say “heavy fire,” what does that mean as reflected in the above picture. Fire from one window, in large quantity? Fire from three or four windows, in large quantity? Second floor and attic space? etc.
Legeros - 04/15/11 - 17:03

heavy fire would be indicated by structural members being involved… and extension to more than 1 floor

And I sill like the one of old… “Central, she’s walkin’ the dawg… page em out… page em all out….”
shevais - 04/15/11 - 20:01

okay, I will play along for you Mikey, since I actually used “heavy fire showing” on a house fire the other week. I said it because, if you were using your drawing for an example similar to what I had, it was fire showing from the entire width of the A side, first and second floor windows and through the roof.It is kinda a “verbal” cue to let my surrounding companies know that I will be pulling a 2 1/2” attack line as I have already informed them that if they hear that from me, that that’s what I/we will be doing. But good question, I’m surprised it hasn’t generated much conversation…
Wayne - 04/15/11 - 20:12

Another Rural JoCo department; (unnamed) brush on the scene central, we got heavy fire showing. You can cancel all mutual aid departments and have all our units respond code 3 (emergency traffic).....Minutes later…...(unnamed) command to central, repage our department for a tanker.
smkeater - 04/15/11 - 20:44

That has to be the department to the south east of the county. If so it’s “10-22 mutual aid and have M$^*%w proceed on”. Or some departments in joco just check on scene with no size-up.
911 - 04/15/11 - 21:00

This is a perfect illustration of “Fully Involved” http://youtu.be/4TriR64pweQ
Sparky - 04/19/11 - 21:48

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