Issue 4 and Volume 143.

MINIMUM MANNING LEVELS ARE JUST THAT! EDITOR’S OPINION In the “burn-baby-burn” days of the ’60s the ladder companies of New York City’s strife-torn areas arrived at fire scenes with seven or eight firefighters. There was no duplication of effort. One was assigned to the roof and the others to the many primary duties that are needed “all at once” in fast-burning, occupied dwellings. Over the years, because of budget constraints and our lack of marketing what we do, these optimum levels have been cut and cut. Then, the other night, a ladder unit arrived at a fire building with four firefighters and an officer. According to some critiques the unit was unable to assign a member to the “real rescue” area of the building—the rear of the fire. A fatality was suffered there. On reflection, I thought of America’s manning levels—certainly less than these. America’s ladder company response is three…

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