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    Besides the obvious (Dallas and Ft. Worth) who in the DFW area fights the most fire?


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    I think you answered your own question. Dallas and Fort Worth are your top "2" departments.

    Some of the bigger suburbs - Arlington, Irving, Grand Prairie, Garland, and Mesquite - have some fires primarily in the lower-income parts of town.

    Plano is a larger suburb but, like most of the smaller suburbs, is relatively "fire safe" due to the newer buildings. Additionally, alot of their stuff is sprinklered which, in turn, keeps many fires small.

    Several of the suburbs in the DFW Metroplex are comprised of small departments. Small = 2 or 3 stations. A "house fire" will require the use of automatic aid from several departments. That is why you hear of relatively small (or routine) house fire in the 'burbs make the news as a 2 or 3-alarm fire.

    Many of the smaller FDs in the DFW Metroplex have, for the most part, abandoned interior firefighting unless there is a "rescue" to be effected. Many of the suburbs' chiefs have taken the position that interior fire suppression is too dangerous for "routine" operations. A secondary part of that is the fact that many of those suburbs have the majority of their buildings equipped with sprinklers so many fires are extinguished in the incipient phase to begin with.

    Needless to say, unless you are in the Dallas or Fort Worth, you'll see alot of ladder pipes at "routine" house fires and yard birds sucking up air whilst standing in the yard. Is that a generalization? Yes. Sadly, however, it is fairly accurate.
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    That is very sad. How can you be effective at interior operations when it counts, ie a rescue, if you don't ever do it?

    For the bigger suburbs, like Arlington and Irving, is this also the case? I was looking at taking the Irving test that is coming up, but if there is just a bunch of defensive fires I'll wait until Dallas or Ft Worth test again and stay at my department until then.

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    Most of your "defensive only" departments are the small, more affluent suburbs. Most of these are one or two station FDs.

    Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving, Garland, Richardson, and Mesquite are the bigger departments that still practice an aggressive (but not reckless) offensive fire attack.
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    Thanks for the info.

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