Leadership

Elements of Pre-Crash Fire Planning

Issue 4 and Volume 117.

Elements of Pre-Crash Fire Planning WHERE TO PLACE apparatus on Stand-by is one of the most perplexing problems facing the crash fire fighter. How the plane will land, what type it is—military or civilian—how many passengers, and will there be ammunition involved, are other factors which add to the problem. All of these can only be solved, as far as humanly possible, by pre-crash planning. Known circumstances such as inoperable landing gear or a dead motor will generally suggest whether the landing be anticipated as a long or short one. Runway stand-by positions, therefore, should be carefully selected and properly spaced according to the particular type of emergency. Because saving life is the major concern of the crew, the first unit to arrive at the crash scene pulls in on the rescue side of the aircraft’s nose or tail (Figure 1). On approaching the plane, this first apparatus should attempt…

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