Trabajo lateral del carro de Charlie

Side Charlie truck work.

We shared with you a two alarm fire in the 4th Battalion earlier this week. Below is the Spanish version, focusing on the operations on Side Charlie of 1432 University Boulevard.

Additional coverage from some of the companies that were on the scene:

Co.11: Langley Park Three Alarm Fire Displaces Fifty People

Co.31: Volunteers Stay Busy This Columbus Holiday

The importance of duties assigned to companies operating in the rear and on the roof cannot be understated. Even if your department doesn't operate with specific company-level task assignments, someone is going to be responsible for areas other than the fire room and the front of the building. This fire shown was on the top floor of an occupied apartment and involved a pitched roof built over top a flat roof.

 

 

 

Take a look at how your department, and neighboring ones, operate at structure fires and see if the information below can be added into your game plan. Remember, just because you don't have an actual 'truck' doesn't mean you can neglect throwing ladders and venting the roof.

Second-Due Truck Ops
Prioritizing second-due truck company operations
McCormack, FRM/FFN June 2010

How Roof Materials Affect Ventilation Ops
Truckies must be able to identify roofing materials & the correct ways to open them
Kertzie, FRM/FFN March 2008

Know Your Role on the Roof
A step-by-step cut sequence for sawyers & sounders
Frassetto, FRM/FFN August 2010

Roof Operations: Extending the 7-9-8 Ventilation Cut
Brotherhood Instructors, 2011

Off-the-Bucket Ventilation
Working off a bucket can be a safe & effective strategy when executed properly
Frassetto, FRM/FFN August 2010

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Ron Ayotte
“FEAR” by Ric Jorge
Ric, excellent article. Your FD is not the only one that suffers from TAS (Training Anxiety Syndrome). Same circus, different community. As far as seeking help from an EAP, I did take advantage of my community's EAP 8 years into my career. I was heading down the road to a separation/divorce after I got promoted…
2014-12-04 16:04:47
Mike McAdams
Who Looks After The Victims?
Captain LeBlanc, Great point in the blog debating the new and old techniques and how to blend them into that first minutes on the fire ground. One of the first points stated was “Unless they know your manpower, resources and abilities, and are standing in that front lawn at 2:00 a.m., all they can do…
2014-12-02 14:45:23
Ruel Douvillier
Who Looks After The Victims?
I suspect these new tactics are all related to the NFPA standard that came out a few years ago recommending higher manpower on apparatus than the authorities having jurisdiction were prepared to implement. For the 30+ years that I've been fighting fires, UL and NIST have been using the data that they gained by setting…
2014-12-02 11:48:44
Joseph carroll
Who Looks After The Victims?
I work in a dept with 2 man Engine cos, man powers is an issue with our first due assignment. (3 engs,2 Trks , Batt Chief). Usually 13 Firefighters on the assignment. At times the exterior attack has no option, heavy fire too include exposures etc. some new leaders feel that this exterior attack is…
2014-12-01 19:05:51
Brian
Who Looks After The Victims?
Am I missing the old SSLEEVES-OCD pneumonic??? seems that one. It addressed alot of the things we have to think of, and the new Slicers is something that I think in right circumstances and construction would make sense, but at other times might be completely useless. I have watched and read alot of the NIST…
2014-12-01 02:10:06
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