Fire Engineering webcast: Effective Engine Company Operations

Engine Co. Operations: Heart and Soul of the Fire Service — a Fire Engineering webcast, sponsored by The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA). TO REGISTER, GO TO:

Date: September 27, 2006
Time: 1:00 PM EDT 10:00 AM PDT 17:00 GMT
Length: 1 hour, including Q&A
Speakers: Ray McCormack, Lieutenant, FDNY

The Fire Service needs to place engine company operations at the top of the training pyramid if we are to fulfill our primary mission of saving lives and property. However, although engine company operations are the heart and soul of the fire service, many fire departments do not dedicate enough training or personnel to these critical functions. Poor decisions, apparatus design, a lack of SOPs, improper staffing and other correctable factors all impact engine company operations.

Join Lt. McCormack as he imparts vital engine company skills you won’t find in any textbook. These include: leadership and the company officer; “The Unburned Side” (myth busting); effective hoseline placement; supporting the lines advance; avoiding short stretches; alternate hose stretches and dealing with fire wraparound.

Ray McCormack is a 25-year veteran of the FDNY, and a lieutenant with Engine 69 in Harlem. He has written numerous articles for Fire Engineering magazine and is a contributor to WNYF (With New York Firefighters) magazine. He has been a presenter at both FDIC and FDIC East and is a H.O.T. (Hands On Training) instructor specializing in live fire. Lt. McCormack is the founder of, which provides firefighter training and benefit seminars. He lectures frequently on the role of the company officer, and engine and ladder company tactical operations. He currently is writing a book for firefighters on standpipe operations.

The Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association (FAMA) is a non-profit trade association organized in 1946. Members of FAMA are committed to enhancing the quality of the fire apparatus industry and emergency service community through the manufacture and sale of safe, efficient fire apparatus and equipment.

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