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Apparatus Positioning At Multiple Dwelling Fires

By Daniel P Sheridan My old captain was a stickler for proper apparatus positioning at fires. It would really tick him off when we went to a fire and he saw trucks not in the proper position. He would say, “These aren’t taxi cabs; they are fire trucks.” Engines and ladder trucks all should be in a position at a fire that will allow them to operate according to their respective function. Ladder companies should be in position to either access the roof, rescue victims, or allow a firefighter to vent, enter, and search (VES). Engine companies should either be on a positive water source or be in a position to stretch a hoseline near the front of the building. The chief&...

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