With the new challenges posed by lightweight construction, truck companies must think outside the box for safe and effective vertical ventilation tactics. In this installment of Truck Company Operations, Randy Frassetto explains best practices for ventilation operations off a bucket, offering safety tips and a step-by-step approach to this method.
There are many different ways to extend a handline. As Homer Robertson notes, it’s important that your crew train on several possibilities and have them ready to go when preconnects come up short.
Proper placement at fires is critical for the safety of firefighters operating interior or on the roof. In this installment of Truck Company Operations, Mike Dugan discusses ladder placement and tips related to a variety of structures, including private dwellings and commercial buildings.
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.
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.