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Overcome Line Staffing Issues with the "Clamp"

By AARON FIELDS Today, many engine companies around the country will roll out the door to working fires with three or fewer crew members. The need to do more with less is a constant battle. Yet, regardless of staffing, engine companies around the country have little variation in tasks or equipment. Fire conditions improve for civilians and interior crews with the rapid advancement of an attack line that is flowing water. Many engine companies find themselves temporarily or always understaffed; they have no choice but to face the situation as is. There is no excuse for understaffed companies. At the ground level, members should make it a practice to assign additional crews to the initial h...

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