Engine Company

BURNING GASOLINE TANKERS: THE BEST ACTION MAY BE NO ACTION

Issue 11 and Volume 150.

BURNING GASOLINE TANKERS: THE BEST ACTION MAY BE NO ACTION BY PETER M. STUEBE Often in haz-mat situations, experience dictates that no action is the best course of action. This is true even for the best-trained departments that have adequate manpower and state-of-the-art equipment. Several major incidents in New York City have reinforced the concept of limited offensive operations and showed that this may be the best decision an incident commander can make. In May 1994, Engine Company 288, located in Queens, New York, received a call to respond to a reported truck fire. Haz Mat 1, housed in the same quarters, does not normally respond to such incidents on the initial alarm unless preliminary information indicates that hazardous materials may be involved or specialized equipment may be needed. The location was the intersection of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Long Island Expressway, both heavily traveled major highways. Firefighters could…

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