Firefighting and Survival: On the Line: First In...Best Chance

11/20/2012
Article and photos by David DeStefano   As a firefighter, company officer, or chief, have you considered the efficiency of your first-in engine and ladder company at building fires? The actions of these companies set the pace and are usually your best chance at a successful offensive attack. What are the most important objectives of these first-arriving companies, and what tactics may be employed to best preserve life and property? They are Locate, Confine, and Extinguish. The initial engine and truck must make significant progress toward these goals at every incident to rescue occupants and limit the spread of fire. The tactics employed by the first-in units must be coordinated...

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