Firefighting

Give priority to apparatus performing essential fireground tasks

Issue 11 and Volume 151.

Give priority to apparatus performing essential fireground tasks Jeffrey Moos Firefighter Yorkfield Fire Protection District Elmhurst, Illinois Reference is made to “A Fading Art” (Editor`s Opinion, July 1998) and “Good Communications Vital to Fireground Survival,” by Rick Lasky (July 1998). I do not agree or disagree entirely with either. I was, however, slightly disappointed after reading them. In Bill Manning`s editorial, he not only emphasizes getting back to the basics but also comments on the overreliance on technological gadgets that seems to be occurring in the fire service. He says, “We`ve grown so enamored of the computer chip we`ve almost forgotten how to think.” Yet Lasky says that the concept of communications at an incident is vital. I have never run a major incident or, for that matter, led more than a few firefighters at a time, but I believe that in this age of increasing technology, the IC must…

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