Training and Tactics Talk: Truck Company Operations

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This month's show focuses on truck company tactics, and includes the non-traditional tasks involving technical rescue, chemical protective operations and hazmat response. How do officers juggle all the training required for the many jobs now facing firefighters? Guests include Captain Mike Dugan of FDNY Ladder 123; Rod Ford, of the Glenwood, NY, Fire Company; Lt. Dave Gallagher, retired from the Huber Heights, OH, Fire Department and Santa Rosa, CA, Captain Wes Kitchel.The panelists are given the following scenario: You arrive at 2:37 a.m. to find a two-story wood-frame house on fire. Your immediate size-up shows there is heavy fire showing from three windows on the second floor - two on side A and two on side B. Heavy smoke is issuing from the other windows on the second floor and the gable vents. The mother is frantic because her two children are still upstairs. You are unable to get the exact location of their rooms. The first engine is at least one minute out. As you force the front door, the smoke is banked down and black. What would you do?

Also, the debate over the use of positive pressure ventilation has been ongoing for years. These veteran firefighters and officers will talk about their feelings on the issue.

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