Developing a standpipe bag that includes all the equipment necessary to be successful is a key measure that can be performed in advance of a fire to improve operational success.
The type of attack will also be based on existing response protocols, scene assessment, and support available. They're all tied together. Forget one and your attack becomes haphazard and ineffective.
Many times, departments try to pack everything on the unit to make it a “do it all” apparatus.
Your size-up should be a methodical, quick, and to-the-point evaluation of what you see, what you’re going to do, and possibly what you need.
A TI is a valuable tool for many applications and should not be overlooked when RIT operations are needed on the fire scene.
By many, sight is perceived as the most precious of the senses. It enables us to process information quickly and often without even being consciously aware.
Using the TI for Medical Emergencies By Manfred Kihn I recently had the privilege of training firefighters in South America, which inspired me to write this month’s column. This vast world we live in gives us various climate changes where in many cases a thermal imager (TI) could be a valuable tool to assist in...
As the incident commander, you must assign an incoming engine as the “truck” because truck jobs still need to be completed.
These calamities are not mere accidents. They are the direct results of poor leadership.
Understand how you can use a TIC during a wildfire response; then practice with it on a regular basis to improve your personal safety as well as your team’s effectiveness.