So now you're a psychic?
Originally Posted by LaFireEducator
A properly trained hose crew can knock the snot out of a fire. I have seen companies with 3 guys knock down heavy fire with no truck company coming and the next due engine 10 minutes out... two on the line, the pump operator, once the pressure is set grabs a tool and vents.
But that one hoseline can be more aggressive because they know they have a truck company ventilating and a truck company searching. They know that they have at least one other engine company operating a backup line. They know that they have personnel securing water. They know that there is enough command staff to observe fire conditions from the exterior and manage the incident. They know that they have a squad and a rescue, and in many cases, a truck as well, available for RIT or opening up the structure providing escape routes.
The members have likely also been to far more fires that Conrad and his partner, giving them far greater experience. They also have been to a far longer training period, and likely have superior daily training, than Conrad's department. And all of that is taught by instructors with far more experience than likely any instructor available to Conrad.
Fire burns the same whether it be in Manhattan or East Podunkville. As the first line goes, so goes the fire. You want to sit around and wait for all the vests in ICS to be flled, or wait for a chief to show up before doing anything, you are guaranteed to lose the building.
To compare Conrad's operation in a rural, or even suburban area, to an FDNY operation, and say that at any level they are the same, is foolish. There is simply no comparison on any level.