Engine Company Operations

A Water-Shuttle & Drafting Drill

03/01/2014 A water-shuttle operation is a more complex and difficult task than many departments realize. Homer Robertson breaks it down into three components and provides tips for drilling on each one.

Effective Cooling & Extinguishment Strategies

02/28/2014 Kevin Milan and Forest Reeder continue their discussion of the new SLICERS acronym, focusing on the “cool” and “extinguish” portions and how first-arriving companies can aggressively and quickly accomplish these priorities.

Engine Positioning


The location of an apparatus at a fire can influence how successfully firefighters can address an emergency. Mike Kirby and Tom Lakamp look at the pros and cons of parking an apparatus in different locations around a fire incident.

Tactics for Battling Fires in Hoarder Homes

01/30/2014 Recognizing a hoarding condition and appropriately adjusting tactics is key to firefighter safety. Ryan Pennington shares some tips.

Selecting & Using Ground Ladders

09/24/2013 Tom Sutkus discusses tips and tricks for choosing and using the correct ground ladder for access and egress.


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