First-Due Battalion Chief: The Can

Article and photo by Daniel P. Sheridan In the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), our ladder companies are staffed with five firefighters and one officer, either a lieutenant or a captain. The company is broken down into two teams: the inside team, comprised of the officer, forcible entry (irons), and "The Can" firefighters, and the outside team, made up of the chauffeur, outside vent, and roof firefighters. The purpose of the ladder company (the truck), among other things, is to initially locate; confine; and, if possible, extinguish (LCE) the fire. The function of the truck is usually to get ahead of the engine company and perform LCE. The truck members act as sort of a recon...

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