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  • A-side

    Front of the fire building, usually front door facing street, but may be facing parking area where first apparatus arrives; other sides labeled B (left), C (rear), D (right), as necessary when speaking of or staffing structure fire Sectors.

  • Above-ground storage tank

    Storage tank that is not buried. Compare Underground storage tank. Unburied tanks are more prone to physical damage, and leaks are released to the air or ground, rather than the soil surrounding a buried tank.

  • Accelerant

    flammable fuel (often liquid) used by some arsonists to increase size or intensity of fire. May also be accidentally introduced when HAZMAT becomes involved in fire.

  • Accountability

    The process of emergency responders (fire, police, SAR, emergency medical, etc…) checking into and making themselves announced as being on-scene during an incident to an incident commander or accountability officer. Through the accountability system, each person is tracked throughout the Read on! →

  • AFA

    Automatic Fire Alarm/Actuating Fire Alarm

  • Aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF)

    A special category of firefighting that involves the response, hazard mitigation, evacuation and possible rescue of passengers and crew of an aircraft involved in an airport ground emergency.

  • Alarm

    (1) system for detecting and reporting unusual conditions, such as smoke, fire, flood, loss of air, HAZMAT release, etc.; (2) a specific assignment of multiple fire companies and/or units to a particular incident, usually of fire in nature; (3) centralized Read on! →

  • All companies working

    Status report at fire scene indicating that available manpower is busy, and more resources may become necessary if incident is not controlled soon.

  • Ammonium nitrate

    component of ANFO; contents of two ships that exploded in Texas City Disaster, killing over 500 people, including all 28 volunteer firefighters at the scene.

  • ANFO

    Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil combination making a high explosive.

  • Apparatus

    A term usually used by firefighters describing a piece of mobile firefighting equipment, such as a pumper, a tanker, a ladder truck, etc.

  • Arson

    the crime of maliciously (or perhaps recklessly) setting fire to property, especially a dwelling. Punishable in various degrees, depending upon the circumstances. Occasionally occurs as a psychotic act of a mentally ill firefighter.

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