The Basics of Firefighting Have Not Changed

No matter where you go around the country you will find firefighters whom are the end all be all of firefighting. They will swear that firefighting is different everywhere you go. No matter where you are, there are still some basic firefighting principles that have to be followed in order to put the fire out. Fire apparatus have to arrive and have the personnel to deploy the handlines and deploy them correctly. Secondly, the line that was selected has to be of the right size to put the fire out. Example: You arrive on the scene of a well involved house fire, let’s say 25% to be exact. Do you believe that the one 1.75 line that you pulled off is going to really extinguish the fire that is flowing a 150 GPM or do you know it will. Will you use an Indirect attack or will you use a combination attack? If there is no company available or assigned to ventilate, do you know how to hydraulically ventilate? No matter what fire you go to the first line still has to be put in service quickly and in the right spot. A second line ( notice I did not say back up line ) has to be pulled for protection or even assisting in extinguishing if the volume of fire is that heavy.  Some are reading this going but what if it is a one line fire, I’m not pulling two lines if they are not needed. Your pulling the second line because until you have overhauled you do not know all the fire is out, and if for nothing else it is stretching a line in real time. You also get the practice of loading it again, because most of us feel when we got out of fire school why practice loading hose we have that down, but the story is told when you look at the back of the hose bed or the pre-connects.

Truck work no matter if it is being done out of an actual truck or an engine still has to happen. Ventiltion has to be coordinated with fire attack. Primary and Secondary searches still have to be conducted. Ladders still have to be thrown,and not always because its a mutliple story residence. Salvage needs to start taking place during fire operations whenever possible.  How would you call it?

1 Comment

  • Engine Captain Missouri says:

    I call it the need for constant and relevant training. Common sense and just plain being a good Fireman pop into my mind as well.

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