Fires in apartment buildings, or multiple family dwellings, can be some of the most challenging fires any fire department can face. These buildings come in a variety of shapes and sizes and present not only a challenging advance to the seat of the fire, but an increased civilian life hazard. Some variation of an apartment building is probably in every engine company’s first-due. Faced with more complex stretches and obstacles to overcome along the way, the clock is ticking to get water to the seat of the fire. Having a plan and training on that plan is the key for successful engine company operations at these types of fires.