Leadership

MOBILE HOMES FIRES, PART 2: OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

Issue 5 and Volume 157.

BY BILL GUSTIN Part 1 appeared in the April 2004 issue. A fire in a crowded trailer park requires a strong command and thorough size-up before committing resources. You must determine the exact location of the fire and the route your apparatus will take. Follow the directions of excited civilians, and you may end up stuck on a street that is too narrow for your apparatus. On arrival, have fire apparatus stand by at the entrance to the trailer park while an officer on foot or in a car goes ahead to determine the best route for the apparatus to proceed. This may take a few minutes, but it is nothing compared with the time wasted if your first-due pumper gets jammed in on a street blocked with awnings and parked cars. If no hydrants are available inside the trailer park, consider the option of a “split lay,” that is,…

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