Issue 11 and Volume 158.

BY JEFF SHUPE Envision the following scenario: A large 21⁄2-story residential frame structure is on fire and has flames coming from the second-floor windows. The volume of fire and the building’s age and condition tell us the fire involves a couple of rooms and is extending to other areas within the structure. There are plenty of fire and smoke for everyone. The first fire department unit, a four-member engine company, turns into the block. As the company arrives on-scene, the officer calls in a “working fire” and gives other information by apparatus radio. It is now the beginning of another American fire service bread-and-butter operation, the same scenario played out by our nation’s fire departments in cities and towns across the country. The engine company chauffeur positions the engine past the fire building so the first-due ladder company can get its fireground position in front of the fire building. After…

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