Engine Company Operations: Water Supply Tactics: Expect the Unexpected

By Mark Rossi We all know that our basic job description as firefighters is to "put the wet stuff on the hot stuff." As firefighters responding to a structure fire, we all want to be first-due or first in on the fire. Often, though, our arrival on scene depends on several factors: zone, distance to location, traffic, weather, and other factors beyond our control. Regardless of our arrival on scene, one things remains the same regardless of fire type: Water supply, without which we are destined to fail. Fire extinguishment is the fundamental operation of the fire service. For extinguishment to effectively take place, the fire must be attacked with copious amounts of constant wate...

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