Truck Company

SETTING THE STAGE WITH THE FIRST-DUE RADIO REPORT

Issue 1 and Volume 160.

BY JAMES MASON A wise old fire instructor once told me, “If you anticipate the next actions to take, you will always look good when it comes time to act.” I often remember this when I receive the alarm for a response as a second-due company to a structure fire. As the operator is driving to the scene, I’m listening to the radio to gather as much information as possible. I’m listening for what the first on-scene company reports so when my crew arrives we can support the actions the first-due company has taken. Although the first-arriving company has a lot to accomplish at a structure fire, providing a good radio report before it takes any actions will enable later-arriving units to start sizing up for the firefight while en route. The first-due company’s initial efforts will be more effective when the subsequent responders understand the situation before reaching the…

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