What stood out in the Captain’s story was the things that went right, and the potential for things to go so wrong. The first due companies arrived on scene to find nothing showing. These words alone often cause us to drop our guard, to become complacent.
A department with 3 man companies and 2 and 1 due on the box cannot and will not be able to operate in the same manner as FDNY with 5 engines, 2 trucks and the Rescue responding. This does not change our priorities; it does however impact how we go about it.