Seaford, DE Working: Initial Attack Photos AND Training for Extinguishment


First line action at Bloxom School Road fire



Seaford Delaware firefighters responded to a house fire on Bloxom School Road on Sunday, 28 September. Photos below are from Wayne Barrall of Hit The Plug Photography.






See the whole set of Wayne’s photos here.

The popular saying “as the first line goes, so goes the fire” holds true no matter what your thoughts are on the latest fire behavior research. Coupled with your training and initial size-up the first hoseline has the ability and responsibility to set the pace and direction for the additional companies. YOUR engine company training must be based on YOUR core skills for YOUR area. A honest, detailed look at the strengths and weaknesses of your personnel can help you determine what your training needs are and how to correct faults and strengthen positives.

Four articles from FireRescue/FirefighterNation and Fire Engineering offer information to help your engine company identify its mission and orient its training to the core skill of extinguishment.



“Key Skill Areas for Engine Companies” Roertson, FireRescue Magazine, January 2014
“Needed Engine Company Traits” Kirby and Lakamp, FireRescue Magazine, February 2013


“DICERS-VO for Extinguishment” McCormack, Fire Engineering, February 2014
“Tactical Safety: Who Moved My Hoseline?” McCormack, Fire Engineering March 2012





Photos courtesy of Wayne Barrall/Hit The Plug photography, used with permission

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BioPicBill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/,, and 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, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine,, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.

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