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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Burton Clark
Rhetorical Lesson No.12: Would Fewer Basics Work in Reducing Our LODDs?
All we need is one lesson with two parts. Follow all the S.O.Ps 100% correct, 100% of the time. Reason, anything less can get you and others killed. It also makes you a professional and defines a good firefighter.
2014-08-29 13:43:35
John Pignataro
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Bravo sir ...This battle began in the early 1990's having been a career DC Fireman for 30 yrs and a still active volunteer fireman for 37 the mentality has changed since 1977. Your article is clear and to the point but I am afraid the fire service maybe lost to the folks who preach the…
2014-08-23 01:12:28
Ben Waller
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Actually, the "Women and children first" idea cane from the sinking if the HMS Birkenhead. Now known as "The Birkenhead Drill", this stemmed from the ship beginning to sink, an inadequate number of lifeboats, and the Royal Marines and soldiers on board being called to formation and standing in ranks while the ships crew put…
2014-08-21 11:25:14
Ron Ayotte
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Bing-freaking-o!
2014-08-21 02:49:30
Brian Gary
Women and Children First by Dave LeBlanc
Very well written. I couldn't agree more with your statements. The problems are many, but they perpetuate and increase with every new class of recruits that are poisoned with the idea that anyone who feels unsafe has a responsibility to act and stop whatever is going on. When I came on, my instructors told me…
2014-08-21 02:04:23
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