25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD


Fires in residential buildings account for the largest number of operational firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) year after year.

Many of the LODDs occur as a result of a combination of failures involving basic firefighting tasks, initial implementation of standard firefighting strategies and tactics, and the inability to perform firefighting skills in zero visibility.

In this book, authours Dan Shaw and Doug Mitchell, take a deeper look into these factors and offer recommendations to overcome these common errors.

Specifically, readers will walk away from this book with more knowledge in the following areas:

  • Awareness of the 25 most common errors that occur at a residential building fireground
  • Tips and recommendations on how to overcome these common erros
  • Detailed tactical drills that can be employed in any firehall to help avoid these errors

Readers will gain tools and techniques necessary to increase operational efficiency, effectiveness, safety, and to understand the common errors that lead to LODDs in residential fires.

Part I: Combat readiness
  • It’s all about me
  • Combat ready fire apparatus
  • Routine
  • Can I talk now?
  • It’s really the only time you have
  • We are aggressive
Part II: Mastering the environment
  • Bricks, sticks, and straw
  • Get out there
  • Nothing showing means nothing, On-scene reports
  • Stairway to heaven or hell
  • Fire down below
  • 360 check
  • Fire behavior, taking science to the streets
Part III: Engine company operations
  • Pre-planned riding assignments
  • Backup is not a direction of travel
  • Where is my water?
  • One more room
  • The last line of defense
Part IV: Truck company operations
  • Truck work
  • Pre-planned riding assignments
  • Look, listen, and feel
  • Ladders, ladders, ladders everywhere
  • To the roof
  • Probability in search: VEIS
  • We save lives


Item #: 1593703097