Everyone is familiar with the basic functions of the first-due engine company.But what about the second-due engine? What are their duties? Mike Kirby and Tom Lakamp review the basic tasks assigned to the second-due engine, discussing hose size and length, water supply and hoseline placement.
Urban or rural, career or volunteer, all engineers have a fundamental responsibility on the fireground. Setting benchmarks that reflect the challenges of today’s fires can help us all meet that responsibility.
Mike Kirby and Tom Lakamp discuss one common problem firefighters encounter when responding to structure fires: 1½ to 2½-story dwellings, and the concealed spaces they may include, particularly when they’re created by a knee wall. Mike and Tom explain what types of construction most commonly include knee walls, and offer advice on hoseline placement and fire attack when attempting to locate and knock down the fire.
Every structure fire poses the risk of building collapse. In this article, Capt. Homer Robertson reviews some basic guidelines for determining safe distances to position apparatus and firefighters.
Todd Harms discusses the importance of using tactical worksheets during fire, EMS and other emergency situations that require the incident commander to keep track of multiple resources. He also details the sections of the tactical worksheet used by the Phoenix Fire Department.
Fire service veteran Peter F. Kertzie recounts the few times in his career where he's rescued fire victims. He uses these stories to point out that most firefighters will never have the chance to heroically rescue someone--but we must all be ready for the possibility.
From boards-on-boards to recessed boards, boarded-up houses can pose some unique challenges to truckies, but we must be ready for anything.