Firefighting

(fireengineering.com)

Issue 11 and Volume 163.

By John “Skip” Coleman, Technical Editor Toledo has had its share of large multiple-alarm fires in large industrial facilities. Industrial fire brigades in these facilities are an excellent resource. They are trained to keep incipient fires small and under control until our arrival and to assist us. I can say that as a responding chief to many of these fires, I certainly relied on the expertise of the plant personnel to help sort out the complexities. Because of my stints in the Training Division and working with specific brigade members, I knew many of them by name at a few fires, which was a big help. When I was training chief in the late 1980s and in the early 2000s, we drilled with specific industrial facilities. Generally, when no recruit classes were being conducted, we organized drills and walk-throughs with first-out stations and brought brigades out to our training tower…

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