Roundtable: Second-In Unit Assignment

By Skip Coleman

We are learning new concepts as it relates to initial fire operations because of the UL and NIST studies. Controlling the door and subsequent flow path identification are some of the new concerns.

In light of the new findings, coupled with our more standard firefighting tactics and evolutions, I have this month’s Roundtable to propose. Look at the video below. Assuming that this is no longer a ventilation-limited fire situation, which assignment would you consider safer of the two–assigning the second-in unit to be RIT group or backup group?

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Skip Coleman: Firefighting RoundtableJohn “Skip” Coleman retired as assistant chief from the Toledo (OH) Department of Fire and Rescue. He is a technical editor of Fire Engineering. a member of the FDIC Educational Advisory Board; and author of Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer (Fire Engineering, 1997), Managing Major Fires (Fire Engineering, 2000), Incident Management for the Street-Smart Fire Officer, Second Edition (Fire Engineering, 2008) and Searching Smarter (Fire Engineering 2011) and 2011 recipient of the FDIC Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement


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