Analysis of Performance
In the third quarter of 2020 there were two fires that reached flashover prior to PFA arrival. There were 28 incidents calculated in the third quarter, 21 were structure/building fires and 7 other fires met the criteria of this measure. Eleven of the building fires had to be extinguished by crews on scene with proper deployment of hoselines inside of the structure and five were extinguished on the outside of the structure. Two fires were extinguished by a code mandated extinguisher by bystanders. Two other fires were extinguished with fire extinguishers that were not code mandated. There was total of 261 incidents that were coded as fires by report authors in the third quarter of 2020.
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 like the one completed in the manufactured home park. 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.
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.