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The Operational Aspect of High Rise Fire Fighting
High-rise firefighting is unique because of the many problems encountered that are not an issue in low-rise buildings. Many of the problems encountered in high-rise fires are: (1) difficulties with accessibility, (2) ventilation of smoke, (3) heat retention and (4) gaining access to the fire. The decision that firefighters use stairwells or elevators should be assessed. If the fire is on an upper floor the delay in putting water on the fire ensures that a fire that has grown considerably will confront firefighters. The retention of smoke and heat on upper floors make firefighting operations much more difficult. It is essential that an incident command system be put in place and a size up of the building be done and strategic decisions be made.