Ok folks, here we go. We all or most have been hit by less manpower, because we all know we can do more with less. For those of that run with a 3 person company, (Driver, Boss, and a Firefighter) no real challenge here. For those who have 5 or 6 member teams here is the challenge. My company just went through this, we had an acquired structure, through a neighboring FD, but be creative! Three member company as RIT, now take one out to be the victim, two out right? Mayday called, the two member team, equipped with a TIC, RIT bag, and at least a tool, goes in after the downed FF, this downed FF is on the second floor or basement, ours was on the second floor. Drill and Challenge Time!!
1. Do your members know how to call a Mayday and When to call? You might be surprised.
2. Building construction and layout of the structure, confusing?
3. Can two members handle this job?
4. Composure, think about it
5. Radio Traffic
Bosses need not be a victim! Train your folks, show some leadership ability or don’t see what happens. Brothers will more than two members, try this with two, as they say, see how the other half-lives!
Enjoy, can’t wait to hear from all ranks, Be Safe, this is to make us think, not get us hurt!