Firefighting

SAFETY, PART 2

Issue 4 and Volume 159.

BY TOM BRENNAN We were talking about safe operations for responding and returning, and perhaps we should visit there for a little longer (a term I stole from my recently retiring friend in the West). First, let’s talk more about moving forward and back at the fire scene, and specifically apparatus. There is no way to safely reposition any fire apparatus at a structure fire scene without a member(s) gathered to specifically check all “other three” corners and stationed at the rear in the view of the driver’s mirrors and on his receiving device (even if it is an old ear). The maneuver will generally cost something, mostly the smooth operation of advancing or supplied hoselines or tools or storage or gasoline and hydraulic supply tanks, water, and more, even perhaps the painful injury and deaths of firefighters and other human beings surrounding (unseen) the apparatus previously thought to be…

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