AttackSpike Tactics and Uses

AttackSpike tactical considerations and tool configuration

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Attic Fire
Basement Fire
Center Hallway
Chimney Fire
Confinement
Highrise
Limited Staffing
Overhaul
Room and Contents Fire
Water Supply Failure
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Attic Fire – Top Down Attack

Attic Fire – Top Down Attack

Ground Ladder Access Tactic: Deploy a ground ladder with safe footing. Throw a roof ladder if necessary. One firefighter ascends ladder with SpikeHammer™ and AttackSpike™ Nozzle. Advance to top 1/3 of roof. Use flat side of SpikeHammer™ to help locate space between rafters / trusses....
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Attic Fire – Access from Floor Below

Attic Fire – Access from Floor Below

Tactic: Use a thermal imager to locate the main body of fire. Pierce ceiling with AttackSpike™ nozzle and flow water for approximately 1 minute looking for signs of cooling. Shut down and quickly move in 6 inch increments piercing and flowing to ensure water distribution...
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Attic Fire – Gable Attack

Attic Fire – Gable Attack

Tactic: Deploy a safely footed ground ladder or access from an aerial device. Position on the windward side of gable if possible (the inlet side of the flowpath). Placement: No closer than 1′ to the top peak, as centered as possible with consideration for stud...
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Basement Fire – Exterior Attack

Basement Fire – Exterior Attack

Tactic: Break parging if present, and make a hole 6 in. above the foundation, in the band joist, with the HammerSpike, halligan tool or pick head axe. Insert the spike with an Attack Tip at a downward angle (approx. 45 degrees) into the fire compartment...
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Basement Fire – Interior Attack

Basement Fire – Interior Attack

Tactic: Use this tactic only if no exterior access is possible and use extreme caution when working above the fire. Work from as safe a location as possible.  Place roof ladder across floor to distribute weight if necessary. Create a hole and insert AttackSpike™ directly...
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Salvage and Overhaul

Salvage and Overhaul

Tactic: Reduce the need to pull sheetrock, flooring and sheathing during overhaul. Use controlled application of direct water streams inside walls, ceilings, floors and void spaces to stop extension and fully extinguish the fire. Reduce fatigue by working off of a 1 in. line instead...
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Limited Water / Limited Staffing

Limited Water / Limited Staffing

Tactical Consideration: AttackSpikes maximize the effectiveness of water and can extend duration and capability of limited water supply and booster tank operations. AttackSpikes can be deployed from a safe position by a single firefighter while awaiting additional manpower and resources. A single AttackSpike can flow...

Fire Confinement

Tactic: The AttackSpike™ Nozzle can be deployed through a fire separation or party wall to reinforce the fire-side of the wall, increasing the ability for the separation to withstand fire. Void spaces can also be accessed to suppress active fire or protect against fire advancement....
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Room and Contents Fire

Room and Contents Fire

Tactic: Locate main body of fire using thermal imaging and size up. Use the SpikeHammer to make a hole in the siding and sheathing on the exterior wall of the fire compartment, as high up as possible. Insert AttackSpike™ fully and flow water. Once flowing...
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Center Hallway and Highrise

Center Hallway and Highrise

Objective: Maintain control of center hallway to provide a significant tactical advantage. Minimize smoke and heat in the center hallway to: Better support sheltering in place Expedite victim evacuation and minimize exposure to victims Minimize damage to the building   Tactic: Connect the AttackPack to...
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Chimney Fire

Chimney Fire

Tactic: Advance AttackSpike™ Nozzle to the fireplace and place nozzle as far up the chimney flue as possible. Flow nozzle until water return is visible. Watch for steam generation at the top of the chimney. Monitor with thermal imaging. Tool Configuration: Standard length AttackSpike Nozzle...
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Standpipe / Fire Suppression System Failure

Standpipe / Fire Suppression System Failure

Tactical Consideration: Improper maintenance or vandalism can cause system failures during operations. In the event of reduced pressure and flow, AttackSpikes can be deployed to control fire growth and spread, buying time for an auxiliary water supply to be secured. AttackSpikes have a proven effectiveness,...

FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS:

Prior to implementing any new tactic, a full SOP/SOG should be developed and implemented according to your department's practices.  As with any tool, proper training should be conducted in the use, limitations and safety considerations  of the AttackSpike™ nozzles and related tactics.

 

For SOP development support, classroom or hands-on training Contact Us to speak with a Flashpoint Trainer.

Prior to engaging in any tactic, a proper size-up should be conducted with a thermal imager to locate the body of fire as accurately as possible.

In any of the below tactics multiple AttackSpikes can be deployed for larger volumes of fire or to provide more coverage / protection from extension.

 

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