Leadership

DECK GUN DRILLS FOR THREE-MEMBER ENGINE COMPANIES

Issue 8 and Volume 157.

BY TOM SITZ Probably one of the toughest operations for a three-member company is performing a deck gun attack off the booster tank and securing a water source before running out of water. How many engine companies regularly train on this type of scenario? Do you know how long it should take your company to get an effective stream out of your apparatus-mounted deck gun? Do you know how much time you have before the tank goes empty when you charge the gun? How much time you have before the tank goes dry is a pretty easy question; it depends on the tip size for the stacked tips, which determines gpm or how much water the officer wants to apply if the deck gun has an automatic fog nozzle. Divide your booster tank capacity by the gpm delivered from the gun; that will tell you how much time you have…

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