Firefighting, Technical Rescue

The Engine Firefighter: Mastering the Basics

Issue 10 and Volume 170.

By THOMAS A. MERRILL There are many subjects to master in the fire service. Thus, we are called to a wide variety of emergency incidents that require various skills to handle them safely and effectively. Some departments take things a step further and train or put teams together to handle low-frequency, high-risk incidents such as high angle rescue and building collapse. However, all fire departments are expected to put out a fire. Nearly every firehouse has some type of vehicle designed to deliver water to extinguish a fire. Not all departments have a ladder truck, an ambulance, and a rescue, but nearly all have an engine (or a pumper). Engine Operations Engine operations are the cornerstone of a successful outcome at any fire incident. As is often said, put the fire out and your problems will go away. A lot goes into this idea; the more educated and experienced your…

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