Mayday Monday: Size-Up

Mayday Monday: Size-Up

By Tony Carroll

The MM staff just returned from the ISFSI Fall Conference. It was good to meet new fire instructors and to connect with old friends.  Today’s Mayday topic comes from one of the conference presentations. A fire officer from Ohio relayed ideas to help with company-level training. He likes to get the real estate section from the Sunday paper and use the pictures of the houses for sale to talk about fire attack tactics and rescue profiling. So today, go find yesterday’s newspaper and get to work. You will pick a picture of a house from the paper and play the “what if” game.

What if:

  • we are the first-due engine and the fire is on the second floor…
  • we are the first-arriving truck company with fire on the first floor…
  • we are assigned as part of the RIT and firefighters are working in that room…

Another great use of the real estate section is to find house addresses in your area and ask members for the running route. While not a firefighter survival topic, it is valuable training. Let’s get the most of the $2.00 Sunday paper.

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Tony Carroll is a captain with the safety office of the District of Columbia Fire & EMS Department.

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