Engine Company

Incident officer SOP and opposing streams

Issue 9 and Volume 149.

Incident officer SOP and opposing streams John Novak Staff Instructor Dover Township Fire Academy Toms River, New Jersey I have a question and comment about “Incident Officer: Don`t Forget the Basics, ” by Tom Garrity (March 1996). Garrity says the SOP for routine fires in row and attached dwellings in Philadelphia is first- and third-due engines report to the front of the fire building, while the second- and fourth-due engines report to the rear. This appears to promote opposing hose streams by engine companies for an initial fire attack. Can the author please elaborate more on the SOP regarding the opposing fire stream situation? Tom Garrity replies: Because of the potential for fire spread along the rear of row properties, the second- and fourth-due engines (in lieu of other orders) go to the rear. This SOP anticipates fire spreading along the rear of adjoining properties and allocates half of the…

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