We arrived at our first fire on Tuesday morning, September 6. It immediately became apparent that New Orleans had a serious water supply problem.
Preincident intelligence is an important fire service tool. It is necessary to identify equipment needs and other special resources.
The last statistic I remember hearing is that 95 percent of our fires are handled with one line or less (you can use your imagination regarding the “or less”-handheld extinguisher, bucket of water, or whatever).
Water supply was going to be the difference between losing a building and losing a complex that employed more than 125 people. Pipeline (five-inch hose companies) and elevated streams were requested in rapid succession.