Firefighting

TIPS FOR LEARNING YOUR WAY AROUND YOUR RESPONSE AREA

Issue 10 and Volume 159.

BY STEVE PRZIBOROWSKI From my first days in the fire service, I was taught that “time saves lives”: For every minute a fire progresses, the potential injury and life threat to anyone trapped in the fire building significantly increases and potential damage to the involved or exposed structures or items burning significantly increases. Moreover, for every minute a person is not breathing, the potential for irreversible brain damage significantly increases. These facts show how important it is for us responders to arrive at the emergency scene as promptly as possible. One way we can help ensure this is to become familiar with our district so we can get to where we are needed without delay. Are map reading and district familiarization becoming lost arts in fire departments? Getting in the rig and starting to roll, because time is of the essence, even when you do not know exactly where you…

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