Firefighting, Truck Company

Expect the Unexpected

Issue 3 and Volume 172.

by MICHAEL N. CIAMPO     Sometimes, when we have a certain “go-to” plan of action, we get into the mindset that if it has worked most of the time, why shouldn’t it work now? Since many of us rely on the 1¾-inch or 2½-inch hoseline (depending on the type of occupancy) or have an assigned member carrying a 2½-gallon pressurized water extinguisher, it’s easy to fall into the mindset that they’re our first line of attack. Sure, we have other things to use, but because we don’t always use them, it may be difficult with all the commotion to choose another option. We’re always taught to put “the wet stuff on the red stuff,” but other options exist. When dispatchers start receiving multiple phone calls with pertinent information, their job is to relay that information to the responding units. Being on the receiving end of their transmissions when responding…

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