When we receive reports of a fire in a property, two fire appliances are dispatched to deal with the incident. On each appliance there will be four to six fire fighters. The majority of property fires we attend are contained to the room of origin; however some fires can consume entire buildings.
When a fire occurs in a rural area, the Service has a four wheel drive Rural Response Pump. This vehicle can attend properties with difficult access such as narrow lanes or in the event of difficult weather conditions such as snow. Property fires in our area are attended initially by two service vehicles and an officer in a car or 4x4 vehicle. On attending the incident, the Officer in charge decides whether extra resources, equipment or personnel are required. They can request either more of the above or a special appliance. Specialist appliances are used to perform a specific task which will assist the crews in controlling and extinguishing the fire. Link to the equipment and service vehicle pages - http://w3.mawwfire.gov.uk/English/About/What-We-Do/Pages/Response/Service-Vehicles-and-Equipment.aspx for more information.
To extinguish a fire, fire-fighters wearing full protective fire fighting kit which includes breathing apparatus will enter the building with a hose reel jet. They will also carry a thermal image camera which is used to locate the fire and to search for persons who may be in the building.
When the fire is extinguished, it is essential that we ventilate the property to clear the smoke. In order to achieve this our appliances carry positive pressure ventilation fans. These powerful fans enable smoke and heat to be removed from the property extremely quickly. They also enable fire crews to asses the damage and check for any “hot spots” that are left after the fire.
Our final action involves carrying out a “Hot Strike”, which highlights the risks of fire in neighbouring areas. Where necessary fire crews will carry out a Home Fire Safety Check.