Maintaining a Sharp Edge: Engine Company

Article and photos by David DeStefano Maintaining a sharp edge on firefighting skills and continued vigilance over situational awareness can be a daunting challenge for the modern firefighter. These days, we are charged with a multitude of missions and have fewer personnel with which to accomplish our goals. The basic unit within the fire service is the engine company. Certain tasks are assigned to and expected of an engine company, regardless of the jurisdiction it protects: Stretch to and operate the appropriate attack line on the seat of the fire, the floor above, or to protect means of egress or lateral exposures. Supply water to the scene of the fire. These are the primary firefi...

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