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06-23-2011, 09:49 AM #81Stay Safe and Well Out There....
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06-23-2011, 11:38 AM #82
- Join Date
- Apr 2004
- Bossier Parrish, Louisiana
My last VFD our volunteers were trained to operate in urban conditions as we had multiple story sprinklered and non-sprinklered hotels, college dorms and offices buildings, and several unsprinklered indutrial buildings. In addition, we ran auto mutual aid into a small city (also covered by an all-volunteer department) with urban charecteristics.
That being said, if we were in an more urbanized enviroment, it wouldn't be difficult to teach hydrant operations as compared to rural water, and instead of working on rural concerns such as brush fire ops and gas drilling site ops, we would train on strip mall and large commercial and residental building operations.
In some cases, they may be able to perform as full-role firefighters. In others, they may only be able to function as limited role firefighters, which is acceptable, depending on the time they had available for training.
I personally know of several all-volunteer departments that operate in semi-urban or urban enviroments and do just fine.
Last edited by LaFireEducator; 06-23-2011 at 02:01 PM.Train to fight the fires you fight.
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