Apparatus & Equipment

TOPSIDE SAFETY

Issue 10 and Volume 159.

BY JERROD VANLANDINGHAM It is 2 a.m., and Engine 3 is first to arrive at a fully involved detached garage fire with a single-family exposure on sides B and D. Engine 3 sets up in front of the garage to deploy the deck gun for a quick knockdown prior to stretching handlines. The hydrant is within 15 feet of the engine; the firefighter secures the supply while the company officer conducts a 360 and continues ordering resources. The engineer climbs to the top side of the engine to position the deck gun prior to opening the valve. The engineer climbs down to reach the pump panel and open the valve and set the pressure. The engineer climbs back up and begins to sweep the fire stream from side to side for maximum effect. At this point, the engineer begins to lose his footing. He reaches for the deck gun handle,…

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