York City Working: Positioning in the Alley

 

Third truck uses the alley to their advantage

yorkpositioningCompanies in York City, Pennsylvania responded to the 200 block of South Duke Street for the fire in the apartment building. The photo above, from Holding 1&1, is of the third truck on the second alarm fire after the driver worked his way around and into the alley.

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Review these FireRescue Magazine and Fire Engineering articles for more on apparatus positioning.

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Tips for Proper Aerial Ladder Placement on the Fireground
Know how to position for life safety and fire attack
FireRescue Magazine, Robertson, March 2011

Two Quick Drills on Aerial Positioning
Effective aerial operations require correct positioning & knowledge of vertical & horizontal reach
FireRescue Magazine, Robertson, January 2009

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Apparatus Positioning At Multiple Dwelling Fires
Fire Engineering, Sheridan, May 2011

Firefighter Training Drill: Outside-the-Box Apparatus Positioning
Fire Engineering, Steger, January 2014

Positioning Aerial Apparatus When You’re Not First Due
Fire Engineering, Martin, October 2008

 

 

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BioPicBill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter in 1986, on the eastern shore of Maryland and then continued after moving to Prince George’s County. He served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com. His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.

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  • It should be noted that all the units worked well in the best interest of the building occupants and home owner. Credit should also be given to the truck chauffeur from YAUFR for placing their apparatus in the most optimum spot despite numerous challenges. Hopefully I will be able to submit additional photos of his placement soon.

  • Thanks to Bill Carey and the Backstep for sharing!

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