As engine companies stretch and operate hoselines, success is totally dependent on the officer, crew members, and their ability to function as part of a team. Through proper training and operation of hoselines in training situations, skill mastery can be developed.
Jim Bossert looks at the need for fire and police departments to come together to develop operational policies to keep police officers safe when they encounter structural fires.
Randy Frassetto breaks down the differences among the various types of building construction, offering tips about what tactics ladder crews should apply to each type.
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.