The Fire Scene: Sewing a Grape

Now that I have your attention with the odd-sounding headline, let me explain. I’m watching a medical show on TV and a scene opens where several emergency room doctors are sitting in some type of lab. On the lab table is a bowl of grapes. While these...


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Regardless of their assignments, make sure every firefighter has a baseline level of skill. For firefighters assigned primarily to ladder companies, engine company drills and apparatus familiarization need to occur. The same can be said for engine firefighters who need to know basic hand tool names and uses, portable ladder skills and search and rescue tactics. The goal is for every firefighter to be able to respond on every apparatus.

If you already perform these activities, great; if some of them are new to you, give them a try – you’ve got everything to lose. n