Five Skills to Practice Before Your Mayday

By David DeStefano Scenario: On arrival at the fireground, a large three-story taxpayer, your company is ordered to perform a primary search on the floor above the fire. You and the two other firefighters assigned to perform this task approach the rear entrance that will provide access to all floors. According to radio reports, the first-in engine is making an aggressive attack on a large body of fire on the first floor. A backup line is being stretched to support the attack, and the third-due engine has just arrived and will stretch a line to the floor above. The incident commander (IC) has informed the companies on the first floor that your team will be operating above them. As you beg...

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