Initiative

In a time when it appears that some in the fire service can no longer think for themselves without having attended the latest leadership seminar, we leave it to the backstep firefighters to remind everyone that the job still gets done, without having to text each other or use a powerpoint projector.

Jacksonville (FL) firefighters were faced with a junkyard fire on 18 February that was extending out of control and beyond their water supply capabilities. When looking at Plan A, B, C and so forth, the ingenuitive members came up with a creative plan…

“Heavy equipment operators were quickly placed into action, digging a large hole. Firefighters proceeded to fill the hole with water, creating a small reservoir.”

Read how they did it at “Jacksonville Fire Fighters Get Creative at Junkyard Fire” in Firehouse.com’s Photo Stories.
Nice work Jacksonville.

Photograph courtesy of Steve Gerbert

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1 Comment

  • The Happy Medic says:

    Clearly no one covering this incident ahs ever worked a wood chip pile fire or a tire fire.
    This is nothing new, but a clever solution to a tough problem. My congrats to those involved.

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Dave
The Discussion EVERY Shift MUST HAVE
Thanks for having the stones to put this info. out there. If through your efforts and others we can save one brother or sister then you have made a positive change in the fire service and that is really what we should all aspire to do in one way or another.
2014-08-13 14:00:30
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The Discussion EVERY Shift MUST HAVE
[…] The Discussion EVERY Shift Must Have […]
2014-08-13 03:05:08
Shaun
Holding 1&1: First Due, What Do You Do?
I ride on a 3 man engine. Our policy is that the 2nd due establishes the water supply. Looking at the still picture, I believe I would knock it down with the 2.5in initially. and have the 1.75in mop up. Being first due on this and pulling the 2.5in sucks cause another engine is going…
2014-08-06 20:48:30
Matthew Erdman
Holding 1&1: First Due, What Do You Do?
I was left patiently waiting for the deck gun to be used.
2014-08-04 18:47:20
Bill Schnaekel
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Thanks to Bill Carey and the Backstep for sharing!
2014-07-23 16:38:08
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