Firefighting, Truck Company

Truck Company Operations Without the Truck

Issue 03 and Volume 173.

Firefighters perform roof ventilation at a Chicago fire
Photo courtesy of Tim Olk
By Arthur Ashley It’s 2130 hours on a hot summer night in your response area. The tones drop for a possible structure fire at an address with which you are familiar. It’s a three-story house that has been converted into apartments. The structure was built in 1928 and has had minor updates, if any at all. You’ve made a few “food on the stove” runs and countless emergency medical services runs there, so you may have a general idea of the layout. As you turn onto the street, you tell your driver to be careful while moving toward the address because smoke is overtaking the street. Your engine consists of a three-member crew including yourself. After moving down the street at what seems like a snail’s pace, you arrive and exit the engine. You move to get a better look at the structure with an obstructed 360° view because of…

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