Roundtable: Training with Utility Companies

By John "Skip" Coleman

A previous Roundtable question centered around your fire department's tornado policy and procedures. The country has endured several natural disasters in the recent past and we should not expect them to stop or slow down in the future. 

I hope you do have policies and procedures in place in the event of natural disasters. Another aspect of dealing with these emergencies deals with working with the public utility companies that also respond to these emergencies. Downed power lines, natural gas line ruptures, and water main breaks are among some of the concerns the utility companies and first responders have. 

This month's question: Do you train with your local utility companies on emergency procedures?

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Skip Coleman: Firefighting RoundtableJohn "Skip" Coleman retired as assistant chief from the Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue. He is a technical editor of Fire Engineering. a member of the FDIC Educational Advisory Board; and author of Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer (Fire Engineering, 1997), Managing Major Fires (Fire Engineering, 2000), Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer, Second Edition (Fire Engineering, 2008) and Searching Smarter (Fire Engineering 2011) and 2011 recipient of the FDIC Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.

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