Analysis of Performance
No fires reached flashover in the third quarter of 2021. There were 29 incidents calculated in the third quarter, 19 were structure/building fires and 10 other fires met the criteria of this measure. These 10 fires were confined fires in structures. Nine of the building fires had to be extinguished by crews on scene with proper deployment of hoselines inside of the structure. One of the fires was in a building with a sprinkler system. However, the fire was not in an area protected by the sprinklers so while the system did activate it was not effective. Five other fires were extinguished with pump cans. There was total of 75 incidents that were coded as fires that meet the criteria of this measure by report authors in the first three quarters of 2021.
The performance for the third quarter flashover measure was 100% for PFA with the goal being 85%. YTD this measure sits at 96%.
PFA strongly believes that the best service to the community is to prevent fires from occurring and limiting the loss to life and property if they do. Therefore, PFA will continue to inspect and require sprinklers in occupancies that the Fire Code dictates to prevent flashover from occurring. PFA Public education will continue to employ strategies in their programs to reduce the loss of life and property from fires. Response times are monitored for Standard of Cover requirements and crews train monthly on tactics like Vent-Enter-Search and hose deployment to be ready when a fire does occur. Finally, PFA is working on “right sizing the response” to all incident types that the organization responds to. This includes the implementation of the RAM (Roving Alternative Medical) unit in high density areas in high volume periods to reduce response times in all risks, including fire. If engines are not on lower acuity calls, then they are able to respond quicker to higher acuity ones such as fires and intercede prior to flashover.
Why Is This Important?
City Organization Impact on Performance
High – PFA's ability to influence the fire containment to the room of origin is rooted in effective firefighter training to attack fire upon arrival, efficient response times, education and outreach to the community on fire safety practices, and the mandatory use of fire sprinklers in some buildings to limit the spread of fire.