Tailboard Talk: Oh, Now I Get It

11/14/2013
By Dane Carley and Craig Nelson Scenario: A battalion chief (BC) is en route to a working house fire with what will be the two first-due engines on scene. The neighbors report that no one is home. The first-due engine reports a fire on the second floor during the size-up. The engine pulls a 1¾-inch preconnect for an initial interior attack. The second engine takes command and starts coordinating with the first engine. As the BC arrives on scene, command orders the first engine out of the house. He also orders a second 1¾- and a 2½-inch line to come to the C side of the house. The BC has not yet taken command but cannot figure out why such an order is given. From the BC’s perspective, all ...

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