Engine Company Operations in Today's Buildings

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Captain Russell Merrick moderates a roundtable that looks at the changing roles of engine companies based on new construction, vacant structures and the decrease in staffing.

Panelists include:

  • Deputy Chief (retired) Robert “Butch” Cobb, Jersey City, NJ
  • Firefighter Ryan Pennington, Charleston, WV
  • Battalion Chief Al Mullins, Fairfax County, VA


The group looks at what the priorities are for responses to the growing number of both vacant structures and the larger, “McMansion”-style homes that are popping up from urban to rural cities. Listen as each fire service veteran shares their experiences for succussful fireground operations.

This podcast was recorded at Firehouse Expo in July.

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