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Hook Up and Stretch 

Micah Rains 

Friday June 16, 2023
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Fire ground operations on residential structures are the routine fire call that most departments encounter. However, there is a large hurdle when elevation is added within a high-rise or mid-rise firefighting operation. This could be a true high-rise in a downtown district, or it a three-story hotel in a rural area. Regardless, tactics must change to produce the same outcome that is expected on any structure fire. Hook up, make the stretch, search aggressively, and make the citizens the priority. 

 This presentation covers the basic first due tactics that must be implemented to have a successful outcome during a high-rise or mid-rise incident. It will cover the arrival assignments, high-rise fire tactics, case studies, and basic standpipe operations. Without proactive training for these types of fires, the results could be disastrous. Realistic fire ground training is necessary for the benefit of the citizens, our departments, and our communities. 

Micah Rains  

Micah Rains is a 16-year veteran of the fire service and is currently assigned as a lieutenant on Engine 4 at Greenville City Fire Department. He serves as one of the shift training officers in his department and teaches recruit classes, leadership courses, and several S.C. Fire Academy classes. Additionally, he is a member of the S.C. Task Force 1 USAR team and serves in the state as a subject matter expert in the development of firefighting curriculum. Micah has taught at many conferences including the Metro Atlanta Fire Conference, South Carolina Fire Rescue Conference, and the Company Officer Academy. 

 Along with this experience, Rains has been an instructor in the Fire Science Program at Greenville Technical College and operates Palmetto Fire Tactics.  He has also been part of the research and development of the Greenville City Fire Department’s high-rise procedures and teaches high-rise classes throughout the State of South Carolina and at regional fire conferences.


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