Second-Arriving Company: The Facilitator

BY JAMES SILVERNAIL The tactics and strategies of the first-arriving apparatus in structure fires are greatly emphasized in today's trade magazines and lectures—and rightfully so. The initial actions taken at a structure fire are critical and can determine the outcome of the incident. However, what if these actions are not adequately supported by incoming apparatus? Can a single company effectively implement all critical actions on the fireground? In a structure fire, the answer is emphatically no, and if the initial actions are not supported, catastrophic failure will occur. For agencies that operate with adequate staffing and dedicated truck companies (predominantly urban), the issue is...

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