March Roundtable: Trucks Doing Engine Work

By John “Skip” ColemanI ran a few fires. I learned by watching and doing in my department. That’s part of the way it should be. I say “part” because there are certainly other ways of learning, such as reading articles in magazines, books, and other fire media as well as talking with brothers and sisters from across the country about how they do things.Anyway, the way I ran a fire was pretty much the way all fires were run in Toledo. We used an incident command-based process since 1988. The first officer normally takes command and then makes assignments to other responding units, depending upon the incident.Before I continue, I should briefly describe Toledo f...

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