We have all been there, the fire that goes sideways; we struggle to get it back on track. When tactical mistakes happen early in a fire, things tend to continue down that path. These fires happen all too often, yet we fail to address the real issue, bad tactical decisions. Tactical traps are all over the place on fire scenes and are often overlooked. This class will discuss several common traps, such as discount auto part stores, dollar stores, and all Type II construction buildings. We will discuss fortified rear doors, partition walls, and heavy fire loads. Also covered will be access to balloon frame void fires and cockloft and attic fires and basement fires to electric cars, hoarders' conditions to vertical stretches. Your initial tactical considerations will dictate the outcome of the fire. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. It's how we recover from those mistakes. Unfortunately, no one on the fireground is coming behind you to fix your problem. The presenters have 33 years of experience riding an engine company and 21 from the right front seat. Experience matters! We only get one chance to set the tone for the entire fire.