11/29/13 303 W - + 10 - 13 Morning Reading - November 29, 2013

Good morning Raleigh. Was ours a working fire-free Thanksgiving Day in Raleigh/Wake County? Seem so. Hope everyone had a good holiday. Now let's hit the stores and the crowds, either for stuff buying or people watching. That's good entertainment there. Meanwhile, here's a trio of stories that caught my eye on the FirefighterNation/FireRescue Magazine Facebook page. That's one of my favorites for comments and discussions. Another is the Law Officer Facebook page, which really gets cooking with reader comments. Anyway, happy reading, happy Friday, happy holidays.

In reference to Boston’s ladder culture; I would like to reverse the question and ask “why aren’t we throwing more”? In the RFD, our directive for fire ground operations was finalized with simplicity in mind. With two Ladder Companies responding to all reported fires, the laddering tasks are split between the two with the first responsible for A&B divisions, and the second C&D. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

There’s some crazy mindset out there that if I’m not dirty or on the inside, I haven’t contributed to the mission. This couldn’t be any farther from the truth. We place ladders for egress and ingress. If the shit hits the fan on the interior, and there aren’t several portable ladders placed for egress at multiple windows, then we haven’t done our job and heads should roll. It’s a big “if”, but it’s an “if” we shouldn’t be rolling the dice on.

With the aforementioned fire-ground operating order in mind; it is up to the Officer in Charge of the crew to have a plan in place before the buzzer, with all members on the same page, and see it through via company drilling and a critique with the crew at the end of every fire (what can we do better and what did we do well). Big deal if it’s a single story house, place one to the roof for access and PRACTICE.

Here’s just a suggestion as a baseline to make things real easy;

o First Ladder; OIC and Irons member go interior; Driver and O.V. place one portable ladder a piece at A/B. Driver then places the main to the roof or balcony. The O.V. finishes the ladder tasks at A/B and performs initial venting horizontally.

o Second Ladder; OIC evaluates the rear, while the Driver, Irons and O.V. bring one ladder each. The Driver returns to the rig and gets the main to the roof/balcony/window.

o If either rig is a platform, use it as a working platform to vent windows at upper floors or take it to the roof like an elevator.

It’s about having a plan within your company and practicing it, something we can do right in quarters since all ladders and pumpers have portable ladders. Practice it, I think you’ll see it’s an easy task and with just the simplest of plan, can be accomplished quickly and efficiently.

Take care…
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