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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Very good post. I think that this subject all comes down to one's own department culture, and even individual crews and company officers. Also, what are the individual firefighters' level of knowledge, skills, Abilities, and experience at the company level? If they are greater, then greater latitude and freedom is allowed to each firefighter to…
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Yes yes yes yes!
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