Firefighting

PREPARING SMALL DEPARTMENTS FOR THE BIG FIRE BY JACK FETROW

Issue 2 and Volume 151.

PREPARING SMALL DEPARTMENTS FOR THE BIG FIRE BY JACK FETROW JACK FETROW How do small volunteer and combination departments prepare for the inevitable big fire? Many things must be considered. In addition to strong tactical capabilities, at the top of the list are preplanning, mutual aid, and incident command. Any of these standing alone could not get the job done. It takes a well-balanced combination of the three to effect an acceptable end result. PREPLANNING Preplanning is among the most often overlooked and neglected activities in the fire service. Let`s face it. A training drill that consists of making a building sketch, locating utility shutoffs, measuring and calculating square footage, figuring fire flow requirements, determining the available water supply, and many other pertinent facts is not exactly exciting. How important is preplanning? Stop and think. How easy is it for you to remember every exacting detail of each room within…

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