On the Line: First-In Engine Reporting Defensive on Arrival

By David DeStefano With the advent of more efficient detection and notification as well as generally quicker responses, the number of “defensive on arrival” fires appears to be on the decline in many jurisdictions. However, each company must be prepared to immediately establish and operate in the defensive mode with the same efficiency as it does conducting an offensive fire attack. This article will discuss the initial actions of the first-in engine company in a defensive firefight. With many engine companies short-staffed, providing a strong and effective attack requires that the first-in engine employ tactics that “pack the biggest punch” considering available resources. These tactics ...

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