What are the fireground responsibilities of a Non-FF1/exterior in your department?
I opted not to post this under the other thread simply because it is sort of a topic unto itself:
My question is: What generally are the responsibilities of an exterior firefighter prior to their completion of FF1 training?
As I mentioned previously, I imagine that go-fering is a big part, but what else can they potentially do. I specifically emphasise the potentially part because I realise that not everybody does everything, not every department has the same operating procedures, and there are obviously many state-dependent/federal/NFPA restrictions.
I ask this because through all my research, I seemingly cannot find anything that specifically addresses my inquiry: I recognise that exterior relates to everything outside of the building, however does that mean only in IDHL areas? I have read articles where exterior firefighters can essentially be anything from hydrant-hookup to ventilation; however without that FF1 it would make sense that one wouldn't be doing things which risk inadvertent entry into said structure (ie: ventilation-> roof collapses suddenly you are inside said structure w/o training on how to survive.) One would assume that things such as defensive hose-work would fall under the responsibilities of an exterior FF, but from my understanding one must be FF1 in-order to go on-air; if the wind shifts it would make sense that the idea would be for the hose-line team to go on-air as opposed to having to abandon-ship due to toxic smoke... Similarly after the fire is out would the exterior FF help with overhaul? I can see both arguements: The fire is out, but there is still a risk no matter how remote, of it flaring back up or even a collapse...
So my question is: What are the fireground responsibilities for Non-FF1/Exterior Firefighters in your department?