Training & Tactics Talk: The First-Due Engine - Setting the Pace for an Incident

The old saying of “How well the first hose comes off the apparatus dictates how well the fire will go…” is echoed throughout fire stations and academies across the country. The reality is initial arriving engine companies set the tone for how well the incident will go, based upon several key components.

During this month’s edition of Training & Tactics Talk, host Douglas Cline covers the critical components needed to start fireground operations off on the right foot.

Chief Cline talks with Chief L. Carl Smith, Jr., of the Thunderbolt, GA, Volunteer Fire Department. The two talk about size-up skills, apparatus placement and the need to understand a variety of sound tactical skills and safety philosophies.

This podcast looks at some of the key operational factors involving smaller departments.

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