Firesides- A, B, C etc.

norcalbusa

Member
May 23, 2010
73
California
I'm no fireman. Can someone please enlighten me on this naming convention of one side is A, then I believe it goes clockwise (left is B, back is C, right side is D, etc.- if 8 sided=use more letters). How is the A side determined? Always faces the street? Always the "main" entrance (some building you couldn't tell)? Always determined by the preplan? Thanks in advance.
 

fp13-2

Member
May 20, 2010
358
Harrisburg, PA
The front is considered Side A, and it goes clockwise from there. Typically determined by the side facing the street, which usually also has the front door, but obviously there could be situations where it could be ambiguous I guess.
 

dustymedic

Member
May 21, 2010
633
Columbus,OH
It's been a problem on some of our fires in the past. We have a subdivision where some homes on a corner have a street address of the major street, but the house's entrance is on the side street..
 

MEMS-LT

Member
May 20, 2010
41
NNJ
Mick (firewolf) said:
in the ambiguous situations, I think A usually ends up being whichever side command gets placed, from what I've seen ...


Ive also seen it done where the A side is the "mailbox" side of the structure.
 

cutiger

Member
Jun 11, 2010
370
SC
MEMS-LT said:
Ive also seen it done where the A side is the "mailbox" side of the structure.[/quote:3jcerg9r]


Same here.
 

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