Every structure poses unique challenges to those on the line. From a single family dwelling to the storage facility with five levels the challenges are significant. However, in view of the nature of the design or occupancy use of certain structures, a minimum of two ladders should be sent on a first alarm.
One method of identifying these structures is using the name "priority response." What are some of the structures on the priority list? Here are examples but others may appear as a result of aggressive pre-fire planning.
- Churches, Synagogues, Mosques (Fires in churches are difficult due to their design)
- All high rises
- Block long structures. (Ladders will access at different points)
- Schools and universities
- Amusement parks/Carnivals
- Sporting Venues
There are other structures requiring two ladders which should come from each department based on what they have uncovered.