Properly Placed Apparatus Effect Fireground Success

We all know that you have to drive safely and slow down to Arrive Alive. I want you to ponder a few things when you arrive on the scene of a call: Will you pull directly in front of the driveway? When arriving at the scene of the accident do you place your apparatus to protect you and your fellow firefighters from on coming traffic? When arriving as an engine company do you take the address or do you leave room for the truck? If you’re rural and depend on Tender or Tanker, depending on the coast, do you leave room for those apparatus to dump their load and come back?

These are a few things that you should ponder as an apparatus operator. In the coming weeks we will discuss placement of many different apparatus.† So the next time you arrive. Where will your position be?

Photo was taken by FF Alex Glover CFD

2 Comments

  • A. Rosario says:

    On the scene of a MVA use the apparatus to protect you and your guys from on coming traffic.

    When arriving as a engine company leave room for the truck.

  • Matt Gorman says:

    I think this a good post that most driver operators should ask them selves. Their are times where drivers and officers dont think about placement, including if the apparatus is clear of wires over head attached to structures that are burning or at accident where power poles have been compromised do to tunnel vision of just gettin to the call.

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ladderjack
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
Anthony, Thank you for your response. I hope I didn't come off as saying that "I am the only opinion that matters in this paper." I agree with you 100% that there is no "Set" way to do anything, and that we need to keep our minds open to different techniques and thinking outside of…
2014-08-27 20:34:16
Ryan McGovern/ Ladderjack
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
Ben, Thanks a lot for your comment! You're definitely right that there needs to be hoseline protection given to the guys working above the fire; and that a TIC should be utilized when attempting VES techniques. Every little thing we can do and engineer to make an already dangerous maneuver safer is a must! Thanks…
2014-08-27 20:25:20
Anthony Correia
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
While VSP was written as an EFO paper, the paper it is not end all be all on this topic. In a presentation Marsars did last year, he himself said it wasn't 100%. Even gave an example of a fire in his home local where a person lived, that would of met unlikely survivability profiling.…
2014-08-27 19:24:24
Ben Waller
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
...OK, it was 3 points, but who is counting?
2014-08-26 23:44:08
Ben Waller
“Go” Versus “No-Go” A Brief Look into Survivability Profiling
I agree, with two additional points. VIES of the tenable 2nd story windows should include the following - 1. A heavy Transitional attack in the 1st floor windows below the fire to protect the truckies' access, the ladders, and egress for truckies and (potential) victims. 2. Truckies take a thermal imaging camera and size up…
2014-08-26 23:43:33

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