Firefighting

MORE ON THE MEANING OF STRATEGY AND TACTICS

Issue 10 and Volume 151.

MORE ON THE MEANING OF STRATEGY AND TACTICS BY TOM BRENNAN We are still discussing some of the differences–from texts, bulletins, and what I mean when I write this column–in the conception of tactics and how they relate to the strategy ongoing at your firefight. In last month`s column, we noted the differences in the philosophy of search. Notice that I didn`t say “Search and Rescue,” as it is termed today–as though it were one word. Just SEARCH. What rescue is. Rescue (and its more commonly found companion “removal of victims”) is only a small part of the function of search on the fireground. Perhaps if this tactic as well as some others were not renamed and redefined, we would not be in the personnel dilemma we face today. We search a fire building to provide ongoing information to interior operations and to exterior command (on any fireground): Where is…

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