High-Rise Firefighting Accomplished Through Battle Planning

  • Room: 231-233
  • Session Number:25493
Monday, August 02, 2021: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Gerald Tracy
Battalion Commander (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York
United States
Jack J. Murphy
Fire Marshal (Ret.)/Fmr. Deputy Chief
Leonia (NJ) Fire Department
United States


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.



This program will be presented by two of the most experienced and respected fire chiefs in the fire service. Both of these individuals are pioneers improving principles, policy and procedures for fire and emergency operations in high rise occupancies of all types. The program is presented in a power point format, soliciting and encouraging the interaction of participants.

Learning Objectives

Those attending will be able to incorporate Building Intelligence into plans of action, ‘Battle plans’. These are action plans that offer the most appropriate tactics to engage fires beyond routine. originating in large open office as well as compartmental spaces as those in residential high rise. They will not only understand but will incorporate into their SOP’s the appropriate actions and disciplines required by individual members, units, sector supervisors and Incident Command to manage smoke movement and means of ventilation to clear the structure.

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