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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Jeff chandler
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Very good explanation! I have been known to have the same rant.
2015-01-17 03:58:59
Anthony Correia
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Dave i agree with your whole post. However the one thing I'm not experiencing or seeing is the over safetyifcation. While i hear words spoke about being safe when possible, but not sacrificing service for safety. If anything, i see firefighters more aggressive than when i started many years back due to the increased protection…
2015-01-14 14:37:28
Jon Newton
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Well done. You make some awesome points. In regards to the "numbers".....(and kind of backing up your thought of changing tactics), we have often wondered why there is so much emphasis on RIT and the RIT/Industrial complex. I'm on Chicago and have worked in the Chicago Suburbs for almost 20 years. We've seen the advent…
2015-01-14 04:15:23
Marshall Sampietro
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spot on....
2015-01-02 14:43:50
Ron Ayotte
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“Over safetyification”... Dave, that is the best description of what those who want to prevent us from doing the job want to do to the job.
2014-12-31 16:29:29
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