This week's drill offers an opportunity for apparatus operators and crew members to reacquaint themselves with this operation, because when the IC calls for a foam line, everything has to work.
The objective of the drill is to practice the techniques for removing a diving accident victim from a swimming pool.
The purpose of this drill is to review information for the streets within one mile of your station and for major buildings in your first-due area.
Extinguishing residential fires requires an integrated attack involving engine, ladder, and EMS companies to stretch hoselines, vent, search, treat patients, and ultimately extinguish the fire.
Though not every fire department responds to these types of incidents routinely, it is still important to make sure the members of your department are thoroughly familiar with the guidelines that apply to these types of incidents.
Comprising four evolutions, this week's drill focuses on developing proficiency in advancing hoselines to upper floors of a structure and extending the lines downstairs to extinguish a simulated basement fire.
Proficiency with these operations ensures that all apparatus riders can quickly move in to extinguish the fire and quickly establish a water supply to the attack engine.
Reevaluating the target hazards in your first-due helps you keep pace with changes to these structures. Plus while en route to these targets, you may find a few more you didn't know existed previously. This week's drill provides the framework to conduct your own review of target hazards in your first-due.
While helicopter landings may occur infrequently in your jurisdiction, periodically reviewing your department's medevac helicopter operations will keep your members abreast of any changes in your department's or various medevac agencies' SOPs.
Teamwork is essential to hoseline advancement. It's needed not only between ventilation crews and the hose team, and the search and rescue crew and the hose team, but it is also critical among hose team members.